The Flintstones Viva Rock Vegas (2000)

Director: Brian Levant

Writer: Deborah Kaplan, Harry Elfont, Jim Cash, Jack Epp Jr (Screenplay)

Starring: Mark Addy, Stephen Baldwin, Kristen Johnston, Jane Krakowski, Joan Collins, Thomas Gibson, Alan Cumming

 

Plot: In this live-action prequel to the 1994 comedy hit, the Flintstones and the Rubbles go on a trip to Rock Vegas, where Wilma is pursued by playboy Chip Rockefeller.


Tagline – Get ready to rock!

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Not On the Same Level

 

Story: The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas starts with Fred (Addy) and Barney (Baldwin) graduate into employment and head out to celebrate. Wilma (Johnston) is looking to escape her life from the rich friends and family she has lived in and finds herself meeting waitress Betty (Krakowski) becoming friends.

When the two friends meet they fall in love with Wilma’s past family being the rich gets the couples an invite to Rock Vegas for a holiday of a lifetime.

 

Thoughts on The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas

 

Characters – Fred Flintstone is the working class citizen of Bedrock, he wants to meet a woman and he does meet Wilma, only to show us that he has a dark side when it comes to gambling. Barney is the bumbling best friend of Fred, which is strange because this time he is made out to be a bigger idiot than Fred. Wilma is escaping her life from the rich which leads her to Betty and then Fred while Betty is a waitress that falls in love with Barney. We don’t get the full character development we need for these characters this time around.

PerformancesMark Addy does fit the Fred Flintstone role well and to be honest the performances are not bad they just don’t have much to work with even if they do look the part more than the first cast.

StoryThis is a prequel and looks at how the couples met, which is fine, but not something we needed to see, we know how this story is going to end which also takes away from the story because we know Fred and Wilma and Barney and Betty end up together, so any mistakes made along the way mean nothing. We also focus on the idea of trying to do too many parodies of modern times.

Comedy/Family/RomanceThe comedy seem thicker than last time out, mostly because it comes too often with too many pop culture references which have dated badly, the family will struggle to enjoy this because there are not enough jokes for the older audience, with the romance being here working even if we know how it ends.

SettingsThe look of Bedrock still looks great and the idea of Rock Vegas works for the fil showing the bigger idea the movie wanted to give us.

Special EffectsThe practical effects do work for the film but when the CGI get used we see the short comings the film has.


Scene of the Movie –
The Viva Rock Vegas number.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Playing a romance angle on characters we know get married.

Final ThoughtsThis movie doesn’t hit on the same level as the first, the performances are fine, but the story just falls flat on its face.

 

Overall: Substandard sequel.

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For the Love of George (2018)

Director: Maria Burton

Writer: Nadia Jordan, Hayley Nolan (Screenplay)

Starring: Nadia Jordan, Rex Lee, Rosanna Arquette, Tate Donovan, Kristen Johnston, Shaun Sipos

 

Plot: Romantic Comedy about a jilted wife who leaves her cheating husband in England and sets off to LA hoping to meet who she believes is the perfect man – George Clooney.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Smile Inducing Rom Com

 

Story: For the Love of George starts in England, where Poppy (Jordan) is preparing for her husband’s birthday, only to learn about his affair, packing her bags and heading to LA to see friend Justin (Lee) and search for George Clooney.

Extending her stay in LA in hope to bump into George as we see how her obsession with finding the perfect man starts to make her question her own decisions as she see Dr Faye Carter (Arquette) and psychic Sara (Johnston) showing the extremes she will go to find her place.

 

Thoughts on For the Love of George

 

Characters – Poppy is the married journalist, she has always tried to look after her husband, but learning of his affair she heads to LA to start a fresh. She sets herself an unrealistic goal in finding a new man and other tasks to keep her mind of her marriage collapse, this is a good character that shows how one person whose life can be shattered by an affair, leaving them lose in the next stage of their life. Justin was the wedding planner for Poppy, he offers her a place to stay in LA, he gives her a new option to how life could go as they are both looking for a dreamy guy.

PerformancesNadia Jordan takes on both the lead role and writing credits here, she is good in this role as her character does go through the emotional changes as the story unfolds. Rex Lee is good because he brings us the fun character that gets laughs through the film. the cast is good through the film, each characters get the laughs needed for the film.

StoryThe story follows one lady whose life is turned upside down after learning of an affair, seeing what she does to recover is interesting as it shows how life could go in a new direction for her making her happy, it shows that if you get the chance you should always take it, but you will need to learn the different between realistic and unrealistic dreams.

Comedy/RomanceWhen it comes to comedies, you need to make the audience laugh, this will make you laugh through the film without any problems. The romance side of the film shows the aftermath of a marriage and what new romantic ideas it could open, ones you want or ones you don’t.

SettingsThe film is set in LA, which seems to make sense when it comes to trying to track down George Clooney, we get plenty of reference to why Poppy could be a fish out of water with the different culture she is entering too.


Scene of the Movie –
Pumpkin drive.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Is it that easy to get a therapist in LA?

Final ThoughtsThis is an enjoyable romantic comedy, it will make you laugh at times and make you think about life when needed. It has a good cast that perform well and will leave you with a smile.

 

Overall: Great romantic comedy

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