Friday, February 17, 2012

Film Review - This Means War (2012)

This Means War stars Chris Pine and Tom Hardy and FDR and Tuck, two CIA agents who are best friends and partners in the field, until they find out that they are dating the same woman, Lauren Scott (Reese Witherspoon), from there rivalry breaks out.

I went into this movie with very low expectations as the trailer made it look really bad but I decided to go and see it as I like Hardy and Pine, with that how was it?

Well, to be frank it was plain and simple bad, and I don't that it was terrible or unfunny or parts of it weren't that good, no it was a bad film full stop, it was dull to watch, the jokes weren't funny and Hardy, Pine and Rosemary Harris should've stayed FAR FAR away from this awful script that throws two separate storylines together and tries to mesh them together all the while failing miserably at this task as the two stories feel very much like that and Witherspoon is not funny at all and was also really really annoying.

But what feels worse is this: The film's overall treatment of its women characters, instead resorting to bad stereotypes that I thought we got over years ago, Witherspoon's character is a lot like Natalie Portman's in Thor: A strong, independent and resourceful woman that turns to jelly over A) The Big Strong man with the Big Muscles and B) The Charismatic Man in the sharp suit though missing the slightly furry face, for gods sake can we please move on from these bad stereotypes, it gives movies a bad name and rarely if ever work at all.

There was however one thing I did like from this movie and that is it made me want to see the rumoured Jack Ryan reboot with Pine at the helm, he looked and sounded the part and was more in the Alec Baldwin mould when he played the character in the Hunt for Red October, lets hope that gets off the ground soon.

Overall, bad stereotypes, unfunny comedy and bad action make this a failure with a capital F, hopefully Hardy puts this behind him and blows us all away as Bane in "The Fire Rises" later this year, for now skip this turd for "It Stinks", 1 out of 5.

1 comment:

Dan O. said...

Nice review. All of these leads try their hardest, but the script just lets them down too much with terrible jokes and very ugly feeling underneath this premise. Check out my review when you get the chance.