Robin Williams Weekend – R.V.: Runaway Vacation (2006)

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld

Writer: Geoff Rodkey (Screenplay)

Starring: Robin Williams, Cheryl Hines, Joanna ‘Jojo’ Levesque, Josh Hutcherson, Jeff Daniels, Kristin Chenoweth

 

Plot: Bob Munro and his dysfunctional family rent an RV for a road trip to the Colorado Rockies, where they ultimately have to contend with a bizarre community of campers.


Tagline – One family. Eight wheels. No brakes.

Runtime: 1 Hour 39 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Serviceable Comedy

 

Story: R.V.: Runaway Vacation starts as businessman Bob (Williams) is facing the reality of seeing his kids about to start preparing for their next steps in life, he decides to cancel their Hawaii vacation to take them across country in an RV. Bob must convince his wife Jamie (Hines) and children Cassie (JoJo) and Carl (Hutcherson) this trip is going to be good.

As their journey continues we get the usual series of mishaps along the way as Bob is fighting to keep his job by secretly doing his work while the others sleep, just what else can happen in the family’s adventure.

 

Thoughts on R.V.: Runaway Vacation

 

Characters – Bob Munro is an officer worker always on his boss’s good side, his family is growing up and about to move on with their lives and he decides to take them on a cross country trip to keep his job. Jamie is his wife that isn’t happy about losing the Hawaii vacation but understands he wants to spend time with his family. Cassie and Carl are the children with their own growing up problems that Bob has been ignoring for the most part.

PerformancesRobin Williams is the main star of the movie, he gets to do a watered-down version of his comedy which is serviceable for the film. Going into the supporting cast we don’t get too much that stands out as most of them are playing off what Williams does.

StoryThe story follows a family vacation in an RV which takes them on a series of unfortunate events. The story does feel weak for the family growing dynamic because too much of the movie is focused on the father’s problems rather then looking at how the family needs to come together. This will pass as a comedy level story which is fine and never becomes the importance a lighter comedy could achieve.

Comedy/FamilyThe comedy is hit or miss, it is mostly material we have seen before and even with Williams in the leading role, it doesn’t always hit.

SettingsThe film takes us across parts of America which is fine, we get the beauty spots in certain places.


Scene of the Movie –
The reason why the trip happens.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The weakness of the comedy.

Final ThoughtsThis isn’t the best comedy, it has moments but in the end it will become one that you do end up forgetting.

 

Overall: Forgettable comedy for the most part.

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Franchise Weekend – Dumb and Dumber To (2014)

Director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly

Writer: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, Sean Anders, John Morris, Bennett Yellin, Mike Cerrone (Screenplay)

Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rob Riggle, Laurie Holden, Rachel Melvin, Steve Tom, Don Lake

 

Plot: Twenty years since their first adventure, Lloyd and Harry go on a road trip to find Harry’s newly discovered daughter, who was given up for adoption.


Tagline – The average person uses 10% of their brain capacity. Imagine what he could do with 1%.

Runtime: 1 Hour 49 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Embarrassing Sequel

 

Story: Dumb and Dumber To starts after the twenty years has passed, Lloyd (Carrey) has been playing a coma out for this time with Harry (Daniels) seeing him every week, when Lloyd ends the joke, we learn Harry needs a new kidney and discovers he has a long lost daughter, leading to the two going on another cross-country trip to locate her.

 

Thoughts on Dumb and Dumber To

 

Characters – Lloyd and Harry are both back, only twenty years older and still not on the intelligence level of the average person, strangely they do seem to be dumber than last time out. The mis-adventures continue for them and they cross the line in ways they never did before. We have the criminal characters who are not the most notorious of all them either.

PerformancesJim Carrey has gone off the radar now, he has lost his comic timing and this is showing how bad it has got, Jeff Daniels had built up a good reputation over the recent years, now he throws it out the window for this. The rest of the cast do the best they can with this terrible script.

StoryThis story follows similar paths to the previous film, the two must travel across the country to do deliver a package, we have a more serious idea behind the trip, but this gets swept under the rug as the forced terrible comedy tries to take over. This does try to keep the focus on the comedy duo which only drags everything down.

Adventure/ComedyThe adventure side of the film is the glimpse of the highlight in the film as the comedy is the biggest miss in years.

SettingsThe settings are not important, we do get references to previous films which is fine, but otherwise nothing special.


Scene of the Movie –
End credits, because it is over.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The jokes are insulting this time around.

Final ThoughtsThis is easily one of the worst movies I have seen in years, this forgets the heart of the first film and ends up being terrible experience.

 

Overall: Terrible is being nice.

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Franchise Weekend – Dumb and Dumber (1994)

Director: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly

Writer: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly, Bennett Yellin (Screenplay)

Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly, Mike Star, Karen Duffy, Charles Rocket, Victoria Rowell

 

Plot: The cross-country adventures of two good-hearted but incredibly stupid friends.


Tagline –  If they each had half a brain, together they would still only have half a brain.

Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Funny, Enjoyable Comedy

 

Story: Dumb and Dumber starts as we meet Lloyd (Carrey) and Harry (Daniels) two best friends that work in hopes of having their own pet shop, the two have a good heart, but they do lack certain levels of intelligence. When Lloyd witnesses his passenger Mary (Holly) leave a briefcase in the airport, the two find themselves needing to go cross-country to return it. The problem they face is that they find themselves being tracked by the criminals for who the briefcase was for.

 

Thoughts on Dumb and Dumber

 

Characters – Lloyd works as a limo driver, he witnesses his passenger leave a briefcase and rescues it, he isn’t the smartest guy, but will always try to do the right thing and trust people. Harry is the best friend of Lloyd’s he has a dog car and helps his best friend go across town to return the briefcase. The characters here work wonderfully together, it is the chemistry they have which makes the characters likable through the film. when we dive into the rest of the characters they do take a back seat to these two.

PerformancesJim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are the driving force of this movie, they must work well together to get the laughs required in this movie and they do this wonderfully. Once again though the supporting cast while good are easily replaceable.

StoryThe story follows two friends that must travel across the country to return a briefcase only to find themselves in the middle of a secret criminal situation. The story is easy to follow and doesn’t require twists, it does what comedy needs, it keeps everything simple and lets the leads do the comic material that needs to take centre stage.

ComedyCarrey and Daniels are the main reason why this movie works, because they handle all the comedy and while most hits we do have moments of poop humour which ruins the fun.

SettingsThe film takes our characters across country for Aspin to be the iconic location we end up getting too.


Scene of the Movie –
Day in Aspin.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Poop humour.

Final ThoughtsThis is an iconic comedy that hits for the most part, we have great leading performance from the two leads and this is one of the comedies that people can turn too.

 

Overall: Fun comedy for all to enjoy.

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Divergent: Allegiant (2016)

alligentDirector: Robert Schwentke

Writer: Noah Oppenheim, Adam Cooper, Bill Collage (Screenplay) Veronica Roth (Novel)

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Naomi Watts, Octavia Spencer, Jeff Daniels, Zoe Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Daniel Dae Kim, Maggie Q

 

Plot: After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, Tris must escape with Four beyond the wall that encircles Chicago, to finally discover the shocking truth of the world around them.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Just End It Please

 

Story: Divergent: Allegiant starts with Evelyn (Watts) closing the walls, has something to do with the last one. Tris (Woodley) and Four (James) are on the outskirts and Four is going to try and change the mind of Evelyn. When Evelyn starts acting the same as the former leader Tris and Four along with the other friends Caleb (Elgort), Christina (Kravitz) and Peter (Teller) plan their escape.

Over the wall they only find destruction before being rescued by David’s (Daniels) people the Bureau of Genetic Welfare who created the world they started in. This time Tris gets the chance to save the world not just a city, but can she trust everyone around her this time?

Divergent: Allegiant is the third instalment of the franchise with at least one more to go, great. This time we meet yet another group of people who want control of the city that Tris ends up having stop. The plan seems very familiar oh yeah it is the basic plot of Batman Begins, wanting to spread gas in a city to kill/infect everyone. I am getting tired of these because what happens is they hire a well-respected actor only to make them the BAD GUY yet again. Simply put this is nothing new.

 

Actor Review

 

Shailene Woodley: Tris having opened the box to the outside world last time escapes the city only to learn that the city is part of an experiment to find genetic perfection which is why they search for the Divergent in the first place. Tris is the most powerful Divergent, purest if you like that must represent the success of the experiment.  Shailene is working her way through the contract where we know she can do better.tris

Theo James: Four for is the boyfriend, fellow Divergent and son of the new dictator of Chicago. When he escapes he finds himself being separated from Tris for not being pure finding it hard to adjust to the change. Theo improves from last time out but let’s face it his body got him this role.

Naomi Watts: Evelyn is the new dictator in Chicago that has continued in the ways the ruler before had, she is ready to fight anyone who goes against her. Naomi is wasted in this role where you would expect to see a lot more from her.

Jeff Daniels: David the running the Bureau of Genetic Welfare who have been watching Chicago for years, he sees Tris as the first case of purification to come out of the city proving their experiment has been working at last. Jeff is the star of the show without being too impressive.david

Support Cast: Divergent: Allegiant has a big supporting cast with some returning and a few more added but it is hard to keep up with who is work with who.

Director Review: Robert SchwentkeRobert gives us some very good shots but the story is very bland.

 

Action: Divergent: Allegiant has very basic action sequence you would expect to see now in the young adult genre.

Adventure: Divergent: Allegiant continues an adventure I guess.

Mystery: Divergent: Allegiant add mystery to where everything is going but really is milking it now.

Sci-Fi: Divergent: Allegiant brings us into a sci-fi of the future but too bright for the bleakness.

Thriller: Divergent: Allegiant doesn’t really keep us on the edge like it should have done.

Settings: Divergent: Allegiant continues to expand the world in this universe without really giving us enough.
Special Effects
: Divergent: Allegiant has some good effects without being anything breath taking.

Suggestion: Divergent: Allegiant does improve on Insurgent but still going the wrong way, skip. (Skip)

 

Best Part: Peter is so funny.

Worst Part: More of the same.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Hunger Games Mockingjays.

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 2 Hours 1 Minute

Tagline: Break the boundaries of your world

 

Overall: Yet another bland sequel to a franchise which has gone on too long.

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Jeff Daniels Weekend – Blood Work (2002)

bloodDirector: Clint Eastwood

Writer: Brian Helgeland (Screenplay) Michael Connelly (Novel)

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Daniels, Anjelica Huston, Wanda De Jesus, Tina Lifford, Paul Rodriguez, Dylan Walsh

 

Plot: Still recovering from a heart transplant, a retired FBI profiler returns to service when his own blood analysis offers clues to the identity of a serial killer.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Good Crime Thriller

 

Story: Blood Work starts when a serial killer has struck once more leaving yet another note for FBI profiler Terry McCaleb (Eastwood), when Terry finds the killer in the crowd he sets of in pursuit which leads to him having a heart attack. Two years later Terry has had a heart transplant and retired from the force living on a house boat.

When Terry learns whose heart he received from the sister Graciella Rivers (Jesus) who asked him to look into her sister murder. Terry teams up with his neighbour Buddy (Daniels) to try and uncover who committed the murder that could in fact be a string of murders, but the truth could be even more shocking than Terry could have ever imagined.

Blood Work is what you would call a great crime thriller that is trying to give us plenty of twists along the way as the old timer solves a crime that the current force fails to uncover. I am a big fan of this genre, they are a gentle watch with well-developed character and add in the cat and mouse between authority and serial killer is a good watch. This does have a few flaws in the final outcome but otherwise it is a very well put together thriller.

 

Actor Review

 

Clint Eastwood: Terry McCaleb is the retired FBI profiler who has recently received a heart transplant, when he learns how the person whose heart he received died he sets out to solve her murder using all of his skills to find the killer. Clint gives us a performance you are happy to see him at his age taking here he still has presence.teerry

Jeff Daniels: Jasper ‘Buddy’ Noone is the friendly neighbour of Terry’s who goes on the investigation with Terry but his over friendliness could be hiding something more personal to Terry. Jeff gives us a great supporting performance that shows he can play any role.budddy

Anjelica Huston: Dr Bonnie Fox is the doctor trying to make Terry keep his life calm as his body adapts to the new heart, she gets angry while he is on the case but knowns he means well. Anjelica gives us a solid supporting performance without being involved too much.

Wanda De Jesus: Graciella Rivers is the sister of one of the victims that just so happens to get her heart given to Terry, she asks Terry to look into her murder as the two get closer as they learn the truth. Wanda gives us a good performance in the supporting role.grace

Support Cast: Blood Work has a good supporting cast even though they come off generic.

Director Review: Clint EastwoodClint gives us a good crime thriller that does keep you guessing for a while.

 

Action: Blood Work has basic action without having to turn to it every time.

Crime: Blood Work gives a crime to solve through the film.

Mystery: Blood Work keeps us wondering to what is going on with the story.

Thriller: Blood Work keeps us on the edge of our seat as we watch what will go on.

Settings: Blood Work doesn’t have too many iconic settings but ends with an important setting with final twist.

Suggestion: Blood Work is one for crime thriller fans to watch but the slow pace could turn people off this show. (Crime Fans)

 

Best Part: Final act.

Worst Part: Slow in places.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $50 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

Tagline: A serial killer is just a heartbeat away

 

Overall: Slow moving thriller that keeps us guessing

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