Wednesday, January 1, 2014

One Minute Movie Review: R.I.P.D

Think one part MIB, one part Ghostbusters, and throw in a little dash of Ghost and you get the hodgepodge that is this film.  The director of Red and Flight plan, two well written and produced movies, Robert Schwentke, brings us a bizarre myriad of tricky camera work, somewhat funny attempts at death humor, Jeff Bridges, as what is best described as a parody of his own version of Rooster Cogburn minus the eye patch, and cartoonish, nearly absurd special CGI creature effects.   In addition, can somebody please explain to me why Ryan Reynold's agent hasn't been fired yet with the plethora of bad movie choices he has played in as overwhelming evidence as to their incompetence.   If you think Green Lantern was bad, this is just one level better if that can be gauged as an improvement.  And does Kevin Bacon really have to be the villain in every film now.  This time around his performance is so bad he validates the ham substance that defines his last name. The concept is unique and, I have to say, it kept my interest, which is disturbing, but the script and the story just kept coming up short of their true potential and the acting is so over the top, that the film becomes downright silly right out of the gate.   When it tries to be intentionally funny, the humor is sub-par and lazy at best.   2 out of 5 Kernels: this could have been a decent flick, but it ended up DOA.

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