Well everyone, it's that time of year again!
Spring break is over; everyone's had their fair share of beaches, intense music, and of course, jello shot induced drunken dance floor fondling. So now it's time to dust the sand, bar debris, and shame from our hung-over selves while we look ahead to Summer movie season!
We've got some great prospects lined up this year, including some sequels that people actually WANT to see (I'm looking at you, 'Son of the Mask') The Dark Knight, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay to name a few. Booty shorts, summer ale and blockbuster movies: really, what's not to love?
Alas, it's still early April, and aside from sitting in your basement on the 20th, giggling to yourself with a mouthful of funyuns, there's not too much to look forward to at the moment but nevertheless I went out and saw George Clooney's new flick, Leatherheads.
That's right. For those of you who don't know, aside from giving smug speeches and partying during film shoots instead of concentrating on not-sucking coughOceans 12cough George Clooney is also a Director, and Leatherheads is our boys 3rd time stepping up to the plate.
The year is 1925, and Clooney stars as Dodge Connolly leader of the tough, rag tag Duluth Bulldogs football team. Trying to save his awful team from going bankrupt due to their near 'nill attendance (think of a 1925 version of the Mets), Dodge recruits Carter Rutherford (John Krasinski from NBC's 'The Office'), an all american college football superstar who has been also nationally recognized as a recent WWI hero.
The two players both quickly fall for a sharp tongued newpaper reporter named Lexie Littleton, who is hot on the teams trail in an attempt to get her career-making story: Rutherford's rumored fake war hero tale.
Well at first, it all seems fine and dandy, but Lexie Littleton is played by Renee Zellweger, who once again looks like she sucked on about 14 lemons before coming out of her set trailer to shoot her scenes (seriously can she SEE at all?). Krasinski does his job on the screen well enough, but sometimes it might appear that Clooney is trying too hard to make us actually believe that someone could ever be attracted to Renee Zellweger seriously, she has this constant look on her face like she just caught whiff of a really intense fart.
Leatherheads is what's known as a 'screwball comedy' it's an old 1920's style (see what Clooney did there?) version of a romantic comedy think of a modern day romantic comedy, except with 0 sex. Yeah. I wasn't aware this was a screwball going in, and quickly realized that, just like the time you got a stripper for your brothers bachelor party who ended up having a penis, always ALWAYS do your research ahead of time, boys and girls.
Anyway, the movie starts to drag about halfway through the "clever" screwball comedy style in which the guy and the gal exchange lightning quick witty phrases with one another isn't done with much enthusiasm, especially from Renee, to the point where it almost seems forced and you don't really care to find out who 'wins' the witty banter contest at all.
This really is basically the light beer of romantic comedies, 'cute' overall and a couple of decent laughs along the way but nowhere near the amount of laughs you'd expect if you went in expecting a comedy.
The bottom line? This movie is for some, but not for others. Going in and expecting anything other than a very light laughs 'cutesy' flick will be disappointed.
More on the way soon!