Trailer: Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)
Starring: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day
Directed by: Sean Anders
Runtime: 1 hr 48 mins
Genre(s): Comedy, Crime
Spoiler Free Review:
The sequel to the very funny Horrible Bosses movie does more of the same but with a different formula. Dean, Kurt, and Nick want to live life without having a boss in their life. They want to be the boss. So, they come up with an idea that can make them millions. Just because they have an idea though doesn’t mean that they know how to run a business. This sequel does not fall into the pitfall of the first formula which is nice but doesn’t have a lot of the laugh out loud moments the first had and it really is less funny all together. Chris Pine is a welcome but seems to be out of his element here.
Spoiler Filled Review:
Horrible Bosses 2 was supposed to be just as funny if not funnier than the original movie. It’s hard to have a movie were they try to kill another boss so, they are now the Bosses (in a way) and instead they kidnap Rex (Chris Pine). There wasn’t much room to move with this movie. Once the idea was layed out it played out the rest of the movie with 1 twist that I could have done without. As a comedy it felt it may have been better as a Crime flick. Because the funny was too forced at times.
I love Charlie Day (plays Dale) normally. But in this movie he annoyed the heck out of me. But so did Jason Sudeikis’ (Kurt) character too. They seemed very shallow as characters and were there only for jokes. Jokes that didn’t come off as that funny. I would say 30% of everything they said made me chuckle. The other 70% had me like Jason Bateman’s character (Nick). “See, prime illustration that you two are idiots!”. Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, and Jamie Foxx’s characters felt forced a bit but they were additions that helped make it feel like it was a true sequel instead of just another movie with these 3 guys from Horrible Bosses. Finally, with the addition of Chris Pine & Christoph Waltz it seemed like this movie just got a shot of class. I said “seemed” like. Waltz (Bert) had very short scenes but was great and Pine seemed very much out of his element. I would rather him be in an action flick even though I do believe he got his start in rom coms. I found his character to be campy and annoying.
The idea that they had in this movie was very nice. Obviously most of the plotting came from the Rex character because these idiots couldn’t do something that complicated. I thought it added a nice touch to a new feel of the movie. The Score/Soundtrack helped freshen this movie up by throwing in some Katie Perry, NWA, Cali Swag District to name a few.
It felt the 3 main actors had a lot of control in this movie. I felt they used a lot of ad-lib throughout giving the director something to edit in the final process. I thought the movie followed a very cohesive track until we hit the twist. After that it felt the movie tried to hurry up and end. Maybe that’s just me but I wasn’t a fan of the twist. I wanted to see these guys have it all and beat the “bad” guy in the process. It was very formulaic until that point and I get thrown a curveball. It’s fine I guess, just wasn’t my favorite. As for the director? Sometimes if everything goes without problems it’s because the director handled everything pretty well and did a fine job editing the final product.
I liked it. It wasn’t the funniest movie of the year but definitely earns a spot right behind the first film.
|Comic Book Connection||Jamie Foxx – The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Christoph Waltz – The Green Hornet|
|Favorite Moment||Riding in the getaway car with MF’r Jones|
|Most Hated Moment||When Rex is trying to convince Nick to not give up and the other 2 guys are over talking him. It really annoyed me.|
|THIS Movie reminded me of THAT Movie||The Hangover 2 – Not following the exact same formula like this movie but still…|
|Box Office Budget||$42,000,000.00|
|How much it made Domestically||$54,445,357.00|
|Was it a Box office Success? Or Failure?||Success|
|Did you notice?||1. That beginning weather guy was the guy from the old Playstation Commercials. Glad to see him get some work.|
|2. Keeley Hazell was Rex’s Assistant in the movie (Woah!! Here is a link to show you what I’m talking about)|
|3. That the outtakes at the end of the movie were not funny at all. Most outtakes are hilarious.|
|Rotten Tomatoes Score|
Running Time:2hrs 33 Min
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Written by: Quentin Tarantino
Plot Summary: During World Was II, A group of American Soldiers known by the German’s as “The Basterds” are send to Nazi-occupied France to exterminate the Nazi’s in hopes of ending the war. While in the process “The Basterds” meet up with a British Officer who is there to design a plan to assassinate several High Ranking German officers at a Premiere of a movie based on “Heroic” German War Hero called “Nation’s Pride” The British Officer meets with a German Spy that has some new information on some new developments for the Premier. After the cover of the British Agent is blow it’s up to “The Basterds” to attempt to finish the plan and take out the Nazi’s during the Premier.
So due to Django Unchained being released around the time of the movie choice, I decided to dedicate this movie to one of my favorite directors Quentin Tarantino.
As mentioned in the summary of the film this is a World War II drama, The original was done in 1978 which is on my list of movies to watch. I think the best thing about this movie is the cast is filled with some big names Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Christoph Waltz (Also in Django Unchained) as well as some others that have been in several movies, Over all the cast was amazing, I believe Brad Pitt, and Christoph Waltz where my favorite Characters.
**SPOILER ALERT do not go any further if you haven’t watched the movie.**
HOWEVER, I did feel one person was pointless and really just a waste of time until the next point…it saddens me to say it. Mike Myers character was truly unnecessary as much as I love Mike Myers I felt that General Ed Frenech was nothing to the movie, He asked questions to which he knew answers gave little information to Lt. Hicox other then to meet a German spy who is an actress (Bridget von Hammersmark) and developing the Operation, again who’s bright idea is it to let an actress who has had no experience in anything leading to knowing how to kill, or be a spy.
Another point in the movie that makes you stop and go Hmmmm…. is at the beginning of the movie the French Dairy Farmer is cutting wood, however at the chopping block there is no wood he is chopping…I had to go back and rewatch it you might want to also…go ahead I’ll wait…
I told you he did.
Another one involving about that same scene but let me fast forward Tarantino style and then come back to that point. Durring Nation’s Pride, Zoller tells the Audience “Who wants to send a message to Germany?!” then Shoshanna (Meow- Meow as Big JD refers to her) says “I have a message for Germany” now I love that scene but here is what made me go Hmmmm… All this time during the movie she has spoken only French, and Zoller has only spoken in German/French…Interesting is it not? Now going back to the beginning point I was referring to, Landa asks LaPadite “While I hear no disturbances I am guessing they do not know English?!” Interesting is it not that all the sudden Meow-Meow now knows English perfectly after 4 years past her families deaths?!?!
I do have to say my favorite scene in the entire movie, is where Landa and Raine are speaking Italian (or attempting to) saying his name is Gorlami…Classic. There were plenty of action scenes that made me giddy as a redneck in Cabela’s on an Ammo sale but this movie to me is well worth it even with the little flaws I have caught.
((Feels weird giving Muppets Christmas Carol and 5 and this a 4.5…))
Quentin Tarantino goes the route of World War II for this epic alternate universe look at what would happen if you watched a movie for 2 ½ hours and finally got some retribution against the most rotten man in existence. Hitler.
Honestly that’s what this movie felt like to me. It was like Tarantino said to himself, “I want to kill Hitler., wait a tick! I can! I am a famous director, and I can do anything!” I want to cover what the film was missing first before getting into what I dug. Also, if you are afraid of *spoilers* then you should stop here.
First, the entire Shosanna (meow meow) storyline was inept and totally unnecessary. Why do I say this? Well, what did her storyline contribute to the movie? The answer: Nothing. There were 2 storylines going on throughout this movie and her storyline was no more important than Brad Pitt eating in another film. She escaped Col. Landa in the very beginning and that’s were it started. That scene was to describe his “evil” henchman tendencies. Also, to show his worth as a excellent detective. She goes on to own a Theatre that will house most of the Nazi SS during a movie and she wants to burn it down. That’s great but the other storyline intrudes on that idea and does it with more vigor. In fact if she didn’t “burn it down” it would have exploded nicely the way it was. And by having her die In the end left any chances of retribution against Landa dust in the wind. Thus, me saying that it was worthless to have that storyline in there. I would have felt much better if it wasn’t in there and we could have seen more exploits of the “Basterds”. I mean, they do own the title of the film. Qui? I would have thought Tarantino would write a better story than this. I think he focused more on the interrogation scenes and left everything else to fall as it may. Interesting plot hole for the unnecessary storyline. She knew that they would be sitting in the balcony seats but yet she did nothing (in her well thought plan) to keep them from running for the doors. The patrons down below were all locked in but up above? It wasn’t in her plan to have the Basterds intervene to eliminate those exits. Well, Tarantino knew this, he just forgot to show that Shosanna supposedly had it covered. Or did she? Also, with the trauma she experienced at a younger age would she seriously go over and comfort the German soldier that she just shot in the back 4 times? I don’t think so. But to piss me off he made it so. So much so, that it made me detest the ending.
Subtitles are an acquired taste. Actually, subtitles are always the hardest the first 5 minutes in a movie. That is because you eventually get use to it. This movie never allows you to get use to subtitles. Switching back and forth catching you off guard every time. By the end of the movie I had gotten use to it but I’ll tell you what I didn’t get use to. The speediness of the subtitles. Sometimes they would just flash on screen with two lines of dialogue and expect you to read it in a second and a half. Subtitles in this movie told a story along with the actual speech. Wouldn’t you think that you would leave the subtitles on screen long enough for the audience to read them? Apparently not.
What it did well with? Yes, the casting and the acting of that cast was excellent. Tarantino even got some surprise guests in there as well. I was shocked when I heard Samuel L. Jackson narrate twice in the film. Also, it wasn’t hard to point out Mike Myers and his unwillingness to stretch his acting ability. BJ Novack (from The Office) made an appearance as “The Little Man”. Funny. “you can’t control the nicknames that you’re adversaries give you”. Also, when Brad Pitt speaks Italian is classic. Reminds me of his early years when actually getting an accent was nonexistent. “Bonjourno!” I loved the interrogation scenes as well as the intense (someone’s gonna die) dialogue. Quentin does very well at this and always has. There were also many good one liners throughout.
The soundtrack was classic Tarantino. Nothing new here. Quite expected actually. About as expected as a montage. No wait, this is good. A Makeup Music Montage. I had to laugh at the ridic. But not as expected as seeing a French man chopping at air in the beginning scene. Maybe I’m not well versed in chopping wood, but I was under the impression that you put “wood” on the chopping block then you chop the wood. Using the chopping block as a “stopper”. But in this scene he was just going away at the chopping block. Still confused with that. Also, did he and his daughters end up living or what? Somebody tell me now! I need to know. Damn you Tarantino! I need answers!!!
Comic Book Movie Plus: Michael Fassbender – X-Men: First Class, Samuel L. Jackson (uncredited narrator) – The Avengers, The Spirit, Iron Man 2, Marvel Post Credits
For once, I was really happy with Ranny’s pick. Usually I am not a fan of movies with subtitles in it due to it being shot in a foreign language. Honestly, it didn’t bother me in this movie. The nice part about this Tarontino movie was that it didn’t try to go over the top in some weird way. Like the torture scene in Reservoir dogs, or the blood shooting 30 feet high in kill bill. He kept to a more realistic setting which I enjoyed.
One of my favorite characters is the milk drinking jew hunter. The first scene in this movie is one of my favorite scenes in cinema to date. The dialogue between him and the man hiding the Jewish family was very intriguing. The Hitler scene was also very entertaining. “Nin Nin nin nin nin!” And the bear jew is still my favorite character period.
The plot was fairly strong and the music fit well. Now i finally know what the German 3 looks like. The Mexican stand off involving genital mutilation was also hilarious, but i felt they took out Til Schweigar was taken out of the film a little too soon. I really enjoyed his character. Brad Pitt playing Aldo was also very entertaining. “I want my scalps.” Classic.
The ending of this movie was ok, not the feel good romp most movies end with, but still good. I felt it could have went a step further but with it already being a 2 and a half hour movie, I can see why they stopped where they did.
Overall a great movie, but I wouldn’t suggest watching it with your kids.