Monster House (2006)

Director: Gil Kenan

Writer: Dan Harmon, Rob Schrab, Pamela Pettler (Screenplay) Dan Harmon, Rob Schrab (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talens) Steve Buscemi, Fred Willard, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Lee, Spencer Locke, Mitchel Musso, Catherine O’Hara

 

Plot: Three teens discover that their neighbor’s house is really a living, breathing, scary monster.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Great but Dark Family Film

 

Story: Monster House starts as we meet DJ a boy who lives opposite the neighbourhood crazy old man Nebbercracker who terrorizes anyone who comes into his yard. When his parents go away for the weekend, DJ and his best friend Chowder find themselves trying to retrieve a lost ball only for Nebbercracker to have a heart attack.

With Nebbercracker away from the house DJ, Chowder and local girl Jenny start seeing the house coming to life but with no adult believing them, the three start to investigate. The three find themselves inside the house learning the truth about the house and the monster that is inside it.

 

Thoughts on Monster House

 

Characters DJ and Chowder are you typical best friends that are reaching the age where they need to look to grow up, DJ is ready to take that step while Chowder isn’t, the two work well as a team. Jenny plays into the idea that a girl can come between best friends and is the brains of the trio. Nebbercracker represents the neighbourhood crazy that once you get to know has a good reason for being like they are. The adults are always looking down on the children which is fine as for the story the children need to learn to grow up. The characters here, while not special all help tell the story well.

StoryThe story that plays into children’s imaginations to a new level, we all know children can create stories of the crazy person in their town and this takes that story and runs with it. It shows that the stories could be real but also have a reason for the stories that you should learn about a person’s past. There is also a story about children reaching the age to grow up which is greatly told for the kids.

Comedy/Family/FantasyWe have plenty of laughs from how the children see the adults, the family side works because we can see the whole family can enjoy with the fantasy side of the story coming from the idea that a house can come to life.

SettingsThe film is set all within a small town with it coming off as all in one day within one street as kids can come and play. This works for the house’s reputation within the neighbourhood.

Animation The animation is very impressive having it’s own style compared to other animated films around the same time.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good family film that can be enjoyed by all, it does have moments of darkness but comes off original which is very important.

 

Overall: Good film to be enjoyed by all.

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Roxanne (1987)

Rob pick yet another Steve Martin, I guess some people find him funny so here it the latest film.rob challengeroxanne

 

Director: Fred Schepisi

Writer: Steve Martin (Screenplay) Edmond Rostand (Play)

Starring: Steve Martin, Daryl Hannah, Rick Rossovich, Shelley Duvall, John Kapelos, Fred Willard, Max Alexander, Michael J Pollard, Damon Wayans

 

Plot: Based on the play “Cyrano de Bergerac”, large nosed C.D. Bales falls for the beautiful Roxanne while she falls for his personality but another man’s looks.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Blah Comedy

 

Story: Roxanne starts as we follow C D Bales (Martin) one of the most popular guys in town, he knows everyone but he has one flaw, he has a huge nose (while this isn’t an issue now a days), he is fire chief in the town. When a new local lady Roxanne (Hannah) finds herself locked out of her house naked she turns to the fire chief to help her get back in. Roxanne is trying to find herself a new man and C D could be one potential guy but fellow new fire fighter Chris (Rossovich) built like a stud could also be the right guy.

On a strange twist of events C D does fall for Roxanne but he ends up playing matchmaker between Chris and Roxanne where he clearly sees them being wrong for each other.

Roxanne is a comedy that could have a meaning about not worrying about what you look like but in the end it is all about taking chances. There does have the meaning about not picking on people because of their psychical appearance. In the end everything comes off very obvious and the support attempts of comedy just fall flat by the end of the film. This really is a very generically plain story that will not test you will not make you laugh and won’t leave you with a smile on your face.

 

Actor Review

 

Steve Martin: C.D. Bales is the fire chief in town that gets on with all of the locals even though he has a giant nose which new people instantly get drawn too. He meets the beautiful and smart Roxanne where he instantly falls for but only ends up playing matchmaker for her and new guy in town. He has all the charm, he is funny but his nose holds him back. Steve gives the performance you would expect to see from him.

Daryl Hannah: Roxanne is the beautiful and intelligent new woman to the town who gets the attention from C D and Chris where she wants to meet a new guy different from what she is used too. Daryl does a solid job in this role but she isn’t the best at comedy.

Rick Rossovich: Chris is the new attractive man who is turning all the heads of all the ladies in town, he strikes up an attraction to Roxanne. He turns to C D for advice getting a date with Roxanne but his true nature of having no ability to talk to the ladies shows through. Rick does a good job but seems to get stuck in the shadow of Martin shadow.

Shelley Duvall: Dixie is the local lady that helps with the gossip around town, she is the go to girl for C D for talk to and learn what Roxanne really is interested. Shelley doesn’t give too much to the film really.

Support Cast: Roxanne has a supporting cast that is targeted for the added laughs and don’t have much impact on the story.

Director Review: Fred SchepisiFred gives us a basic comedy that doesn’t give enough laughs for my own liking.

 

Comedy: Roxanne has basic laughs that don’t really work for me.

Romance: Roxanne has an uncomfortable romantic angles throughout.

Settings: Roxanne uses a small town for the setting which does help show how close the community is.

Suggestion: Roxanne is one for all the Steve Martin fans to watch but otherwise well you have to like the comedy. (Steve Martin Fans)

 

Best Part: The fire station group are funny in moments.

Worst Part: Awkward romance angles.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $40 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes

Tagline: Roxanne dreamed of a handsome, intelligent, romantic man. C.D. Bales is two out of three… but looks aren’t everything!

 

Overall: Slow moving comedy that doesn’t have a real sparkle.

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