Grimsby (2016)

casting cardDirector: Louis Leterrier

Writer: Sacha Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston, Peter Baynham (Screenplay) Sacha Baron Cohen, Phil Johnston (Story)

Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Rebel Wilson, Mark Strong, Isla Fisher, Johnny Vegas, Scott Adkins, Penelope Cruz, Gabourey Sidibe

 

Plot: A new assignment forces a top spy to team up with his football hooligan brother.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Just Awful

 

Story: Grimsby starts as we meet council estate football hooligan Nobby (Cohen) who has a large family but has been searching for his long lost brother Sebastian (Strong) his whole life. Sebastian is a secret agent working for MI6.

When Nobby learns that Sebastian is still alive he finds him in the middle of a mission and accidently makes Sebastian the prime suspect in a terrorist attack which is really being run by Rhonda George (Cruz). Reluctantly the two have to work together to clear Sebastian’s name and keep Nobby’s family safe.

Grimsby is an action comedy story that understands that it is happy to parody plenty of films. The problem is the parody gets lost in the humiliating grossed out comedy that is going on. The secret agent stuff is passable but sadly the comedy kills any of this. So many of the scenes in this film come off awkward and the only remotely good thing about this movie is that villain plans could make sense.

 

Actor Review

 

Sacha Baron Cohen: Nobby is a football hooligan living in the council estates in Grimsby who has always kept hope that his brother will return to his life. When he finds out about his brother he finds himself having getting in his brother’s way and having to take part in the latest mission. Sacha is an actor I believe has all the talent in the world but he keeps doing all these awful roles.

Mark Strong: Sebastian is the slick spy that has been working on his latest mission when Nobby interferes making him the prime suspect. He wants to clean his name but has to work with his idiot brother leaving him having to face his hardest mission to date. Mark is an actor I have huge respect for but I found myself wondering why on Earth he took this role that fully embarrasses him.

Rebel Wilson: Dawn is the girlfriend of Nobby, she is the perfect match for him without being anything to involved. Rebel is nothing but a supporting character not getting the time needed on camera to make anything happen.

Penelope Cruz: Rhonda is the famous face planning the attack, while her plan is one of the better ones from a villain we barely even get to see her character on screen. Penelope is one of the few highlights but she just doesn’t get the time to shine.

Support Cast: Grimsby has a supporting cast all designed to add extra laughs through the different situations our character finds themselves in.

Director Review: Louis LeterrierLouis does try his best with a poor script but this film won’t leave him with a good reputation in comedy.

 

Action: Grimsby has very simple action that doesn’t add anything to the story.

Comedy: Grimsby doesn’t hit any good comedy marks in my eyes with most being crude throughout.

Settings: Grimsby throws the characters into random location which well don’t get used well enough.
Special Effects
: Grimsby has lazy effects that just don’t work and are awkward throughout.

Suggestion: Grimsby is one to avoid at all costs. (Avoid)

 

Best Part: Villain’s plan.

Worst Part: Where do I start?

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: Yes

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 23 Minutes

Tagline: Behind every hero is an embarrassing sibling

 

Overall: Dentist treatment is more enjoyable than this film.

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Hotel Transylvania (2012)

logoDirector: Genndy Tartakocsky

Writer: Peter Baynham, Robert Smigel (Screenplay) Todd Druham, Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade

 

Plot: Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teen-aged daughter.

 

Verdict: *Takes a deep breathe*

 

Story: We follow Count Dracula as he tries to raise his only daughter, all he wants is to keep her safe. We see how he makes a hotel for all the monsters to relax and escape from all the hiding. After his daughter wants freedom Dracula plans to trick her into stay, but his plan backfires as the first human finds the castle which could expose everything he has worked so hard for. Dracula has to keep the humans identity safe as the monsters would kill him if they found out the truth.

Who would be a terrifying father figure trying to protect his daughter from any freedom? Well Dracula does fit this idea, add in all the Uncle being the rest of the greatest villains in horror literacy it would be one hell of a scary idea. Sadly this doesn’t use this enough, it actually plays along the idea that the humans are the monsters. The protection idea is fine, but everything else just falls into lazy, easy attempted comedy. (4/10)

 

Character Review

 

Dracula: the over protective father who has dedicated his life to protecting his daughter from the outside world. He also has to try and play host for the monsters as he throws a party for his daughter. Over time he has to learn to let his daughter go and let the world accept him. (5/10)

 

Jonathan: Traveller who wonders into the hotel and catches the eye of Dracula’s daughter. The longer he stays the more the monsters enjoy themselves. He makes for a unlikable teenager. (4/10)

 

Mavis: Daughter of Dracula who wants to escape from her life locked away in the castle. Typical teenager role, which comes off very whiny after a while. (4/10)

 

Support Characters: With the supporting characters being the monsters from the classic horrors, but none are created to original they are all made to be generic ideas of the characters.

 

Director Review: Genndy Tartakocsky – Doesn’t manages to create anything new for the genre and uses ready created characters that don’t get used correctly. (4/10)

 

Animation: Nothing wrong with the actual animation but you will always expect good quality nowadays. (7/10)

Comedy: Mostly Sandler standard level comedy, so you know what little amount of laughs you will get. (2/10)

Settings: The settings work well to create a pre-created idea for characters locations. (7/10)

Suggestion: Don’t bother with this one, it is nothing special and nothing interesting. (Miss It)

 

Best Part: Twilight comment.

Worst Part: Sandler’s ‘comedy’

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Hopefully not

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $148 Million

Budget: $85 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

Tagline: Even monsters need a vacation

 

Overall: Boring Comedy

Rating 25

Arthur Christmas (2011)

arthur christmasDirector: Sarah Smith, Barry Cook

Writer: Peter Baynham, Sarah Smith (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Billy Nighy, Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton, Ashley Jensen

 

Plot: It is Christmas night; Santa has been working all night with his elves delivering presents all over the world. The deliveries are processed through a massive computer system run by one of Santa’s sons Steve and after the operation is complete everything seems to have gone well. After one present is found Santa’s other son Arthur goes on a wild ride with Grand Santa to deliver the last present.

 

Verdict: A good family Christmas film

Story: A very good story of believing in Christmas as well as showing how even a family like the Claus’ can be dysfunctional over the Christmas period. The story shows that however different your opinion is working together can get everything done correctly.(8/10)

 

Character Review: Arthur – Full of goodness a man who just wants to make sure everyone is happy and Christmas. Great character that is similar to Buddy in Elf you empowers the true meaning of Christmas. (9/10)

 arthur

Character Review: Steve – The brother who is all about getting the job done even if it is only the statistics that say it is done correctly. Important character as is opposite to Arthur in the Christmas spirit side of things. (8/10)

 steve

Character Review: Santa – The figure all the kids love, but in this he is becoming tired and because of increase in children and extra help he gets from the elves. Not the best look at Santa but shows how important and inspirational he can be even to his own children. (7/10)

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Character Review: Grandsanta – Past his prime but wants so badly to get one more night out, helps Arthur but at what cost using an old school slay he puts everything on the line for his own chance at fame again. A bonkers acting character provides some of the funniest scenes. (8/10)

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Character Review: Bryong – An elf who is confident in her work and like Arthur wants to make sure Christmas happens for all the children in the world. Funniest character as well as a tough cookie. (9/10)

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Director Review: Sarah Smith, Barry CookGreat direction throughout creating a very good Christmas story (8/10)

 

Comedy: Some funny moments but not enough. (7/10)

Family: Great family feel about the film. (9/10)

Animation: Great animations throughout. (9/10)

Chances of Tears: None (0/10)

Settings: Creates some very good settings all over the world. (9/10)

Suggestion: It is Christmas time and this is a great Christmas film so I would suggest everyone to watch this film. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Some of the elves are very funny

Action Scene of the Film: Chase through Toronto.

Funniest Scene: The bike ride through the town.

Oscar Chances: Didn’t get any nods.

Chances of Sequel: Potential could have something written but doesn’t really need one.

 

Overall: Great family Christmas film

 

Rating 86