Thursday, July 1, 2010

Get Him To The Greek

We’re not going to waste too much time on this spin off of a great movie (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) because honestly Get Him To The Greek was not nearly what it could have been. With a background of Russel Brand’s character, Aldous Snow, already established to a point, the dreary character development was overdone. We were brought into Snow’s life a bit more, but was it necessary for this movie with the direction I assume they were trying to go?

While Get Him To The Greek did deliver a fair amount of chuckles, it did not deliver the movie that the trailers depicted it to be. We are all fans of Russel Brand and were quite excited for this film; especially knowing Aldous Snow was getting his own feature length film. Too bad it was the Snow twelve years past his prime… that really was the plot of the film, a washed up Snow who just put out an album called African Child (just as bad in the movie as it sounds here, but in a good way).

The main point to think about is how often do spin-offs of television shows work? Yeah, that’s probably why you don’t see the same thing on the big screen, and probably why this shouldn’t have been attempted.

Gina: I wish Aldous Snow had stayed in Sarah Marshall.

Kevin: It sucks because Russel Brand’s stand up is hilarious.

Gina: And he is a great sidekick.

Kevin: Yeah, he was really good in Bedtime Stories as well as Sarah Marshall. I just don’t think he works as a main character, though. His stuff just gets old.

Sean “P.Diddy/Puff Daddy/Diddy” Combs also did not live up to the hype. It was written somewhere that his character for Greek was the likes of Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder. Not the case. He is not an actor and please don’t cast him in a movie again. He had the creative right to adlib while filming, but that probably hindered the pace of the movie as well.

As a high point, it was refreshing to see Jonah Hill in a role where he was not just screaming penis jokes all the time. It was a very mature role for him even though he still has a threesome, gets drunk and pukes on live television, and smokes a Jeffrey. That last sentence is probably a little confusing, but it’s the truth. Hill, most likely not by his own merit, actually held the script together just enough to call this a movie.

The main problem with Get Him To The Greek was not the acting, plot, or spinoff factor (yes there is another downside), it’s that it was confused in itself as to whether it was a comedy or a serious movie. And because it was trying to be both, it just the same failed to be either.

Gina: 4 of 10 stars

Kevin: 3 of 10 stars

Chad: (I will update when he sees it)

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