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Wick-Quoting #24: Due Date

Due Date is definitely one of the funniest movies this year.  It stars two actors that come from two very different worlds, Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man 2) and Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover).

While the movie doesn’t have that much of a rewatch value, there is more story development in Due Date than there is in The Hangover, which was also directed by Todd Phillips.  I’m guessing in this case, fewer main characters allow for greater bonding.  That’s not to say that the movie has a deep story like those movies about inspiring coaches that come out once every two years or so.  You shouldn’t watch Due Date for story, but rather obviously, for humor.  Although the humor is not for everyone.  Some people will probably get easily offended.  Some people…

There's no break

The movie does not allow you to catch your breath: a new conflict arises at every moment.  At one point, they’re in a car chase, and then right when everything seems to have calmed, someone is shot.

Because this is a Hollywood film, it is targeted for the mainstream audience – white males.  This movie, similar to Phillips previous comedy, The Hangover, touches on the relationship between minorities and whites.  In The Hangover, Asians are represented by Ken Jeong’s flamboyant performance.  In Due Date, the black friend’s loyalty is questioned while Latinos are portrayed as hypocrites and druggies.  While all of these stereotypical portrayals are a bit bothersome, they shouldn’t be taken too seriously.  I wonder what race The Hangover 2 will “represent” next.

The film has subtle race conflicts

The film cost 65 million to make but only made around 72 million in the US so far.  Not that great of a success story compared to The Hangover, which not only cost less, but made 277 million in the US only.  It’s no wonder The Hangover 2 is being released.  A Due Date 2 will probably not see the light of day.  Even so, the movie should be rented out for the humor.  Go watch it, or what are you, a girl or something?

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Wick-Quoting #9: Iron Man 2

Director, Jon Favreau, did it again with Iron Man 2.   The film carries on a similar attitude that the first one has – witty, bright, and charismatic.  Even though Iron Man 2 looks fun to watch, it has a predictable storyline.  Pretty much, a new bad guy appears and Iron Man takes him down in the end.  Although the film includes popular stars, such as Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson, I feel that the film won’t be that satisfying for people who are not Iron Man fans.  Despite all that, it is definitely a film you’d consider to be reliable: you will be entertained, but to what degree depends on many factors.

A flashy film calls for bright lights

Iron Man 2 is one of those big budget films which you know will create huge lines on the first couple of days it comes out.  The reasons for this are simple.  The film has: popular actors, such as Robert Downey Jr. (need I mention more?), good graphics, and a previous success story.  As I mentioned in a previous post, Robert Downey Jr. is a very convincing actor, and he fits the role of Tony Stark perfectly.  Just like for Sherlock Holmes, it’d be fine if you watched the film just to see Robert Downey Jr.

Most moviegoers (mainly guys) will probably watch Iron Man 2 because of the inclusion of Scarlett Johansson.  Johansson played her role well, although she is not a determining factor to watch the film.  Sure, she fits in some cool moves in her fight scenes, but besides that, her character really has no personality.  Characters with no personality = difficult for viewers to connect with = potentially bad film.  Thankfully, she only has a minor role in the film.

With impressive choreography and camera angles, Scarlett Johansson looks like she came straight-out of Kick Ass

All of the other actors have their moments in the film as well.  Mickey Rourke makes a convincing Russian villain (why is it always Russian?), and Jon Favreau helps in some extra comedy (although some of it is admittedly a bit lame).

I vant my pizza!!

And like all modern day films, ridiculous technology is shown being used.  There’s the typical scene where a character is faced with a conundrum,and figures it out just like that .  Who knew creating a whole new element could be so easy?  I guess the excitement of such quick reasoning and invention is what makes those types of scenes acceptable and common among mainstream films.

Overall, the film’s success is due to its actors and past film in the series.  When lookin at its originality, it really doesn’t branch off too far from the first movie, making it bland in story and style.  So if you watched the first one, you won’t miss that much if you skip out on the latest Iron Man.  But still, it’s a good watch, and a much better choice compared to Letters to Juliet or The Losers.

I'll be back... for sure

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