This is one of those movies I’ve been wanting to see for a long time and had just put it off. I’ll say up front it was everything I thought it would be only a whole lot funnier. It has several of my favorite actors in it including leading man Jason Segal who first caught my attention in How I Met Your Mother. One of my favorite shows. It also happened to be written by Jason Segal and several of the scenes were drawn from his moments that actually happened in his life. I’ll talk about those specific scenes towards the end so let this be your notification of a spoiler alert.
Producer Judd Apatow has been churning out these comedies for a few years now. In case you’ve been living in a hole he was behind The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and Superbad. His past ties has once again brought a lot of great supporting characters including Mila Kunis, Paul Rudd, and Jonah Hill. I especially enjoyed Jack McBrayer of 30 Rock fame (another amazing show). His side story was hilarious and had me in stitches.
When it comes down to it the whole movie was hilarious and kept me laughing the whole time. This is definitely a movie I would recommend if you need a laugh and something I could easily watch again in the near future. The DVD comes out September 30 and you should buy it from Amazon:
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Now for the spoilers!
Jason Segal put several moments from his life in this movie. This includes the scene at the beginning where he is naked and his girlfriend dumps him. He said it was too hilarious to be sad and at the time he couldn’t wait for her to leave so he could write it down. He also had actually had tried to write a musical version of Dracula using puppets before he became a successful actor.
I heard many people say that this movie wasn’t very good. About the best I heard is that it is “Ok.” It didn’t touch me in an emotional way or make me think deep thoughts. However, it did fulfill what I hoped it would be. A movie that would be fun and funny. For a 4th of July film it fit the bill perfectly.
I may be biased since I’m a Will Smith fan, but I also think it has to do with the fact that going in I knew this movie was about an alcoholic superhero who doesn’t like being called names. It answers the questions like where did he come from and what is his problem. It also has a well defined story line and of course ends with the possibility of another movie but does not hint at another movie.
Obviously, in 90 minutes you have to deal with important stuff like answering where he comes from and what his purpose is which unfolds nicely throughout the movie. I would hope Will Smith wouldn’t try to make this into a franchise but it would be a fun cartoon to fill in some of the gaps and story lines that get opened up through the movie. If Star Wars can do it then why not? This isn’t a movie I’d buy but it is definitely worth a rent or if you’re cheap and wait until movies come out on TV don’t pass this one up.
Jumper was originally a novel by Steven Gould that made the jump to the theatre. Get it. Unfortunately the movie is about as good as that joke. It starts out with the main character calling me a chump. A bad sign considering I already heard how terrible the movie is. However, considering it has Samuel L. Jackson in it I had to rent it. Another bad sign is 15 minutes in when my wife asked, “Is this really a movie?” On a positive note it does have some amazing scenes in Hi-Def. Samuel L. Jackson also does a great job playing the oh so well known character that he plays in a lot of his movies which makes this movie bearable. There was a point where I was thinking that it wasn’t a terrible waste of time. That’s when it ended and left me wondering why I just wasted all that time. This is absolutely one of those movies that leaves you asking a bunch of questions. As a matter of fact I think had they answered the questions they brought up this movie would have been good. Instead, it seems, they want to leave it open. Perhaps they are paving the way for a second movie which will probably be made since they know they can turn a profit. Same reason movies like Disaster Movie get made. Do your best to avoid this movie.