Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Dumb and Dumber

Mamma Mia! and Tropic Thunder. I'll let you decide which is which. What was I just saying about how much I like reviewing truly good movies?

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Blogger Dame James said...

Thank God someone hates Meryl Streep here nearly as much as I do. I love the woman, but Mamma Mia! is too damn much. Everyone talks about how "fun" she is and how she's letting loose, but I can't accept it. It simply depresses me to think of her screeching like a baboon when she meets Baranski and Walters at the dock or "dancing" around during that f-ed up "Dancing Queen" number. Hopefully Doubt will erase all these traumatic moments from my brain.

I'm also glad that you're as harsh as you are on this film. I keep hearing, "The ABBA music is wonderful!" but their songs can't make the whole damn movie. It's need something like, I don't know, a plot to keep things moving.

I had almost forgotten about that "You should go to art school" moment that you mentioned. I think I leaned over to my friend and said pretty close to what you said. That was really embarrassing, even for a movie as atrocious to this.

4:51 PM, September 16, 2008  
Blogger tim r said...

Hear, hear, on both counts. I might only add that I did like Baranski's number on the beach, and thought the winner in Tropic Thunder's carnival contest of unfunniness was a coarse and desperate Jack Black. You could complete a three-course meal of D-grade entertainments if you went anywhere near Righteous Kill, in some ways an even lazier waste of talent than these.

3:14 AM, September 17, 2008  
Blogger tim r said...

Plus, scary Seyfried: hilarious.

3:16 AM, September 17, 2008  
Blogger tim r said...

PPS. Hope you liked Kingsley in Elegy. I think it's a major performance, but he's been getting quite a kicking in reviews over here...

3:25 AM, September 17, 2008  
Blogger NATHANIEL R said...

best review of Mamma Mia! ever.

What's extra hilarious is that you end on the plot-defeating ludicrous that I never even noticed. Perhaps the movie killed my brain cells from the moment it began screening (since said moment is at the very beginning)?

is it wrong that I thought the unarguable coarseness of Tropic Thunder was occassionally the second funniest part of it? (I'm sorry but I thought RDJ was a hoot) That's what they were going for after all.

dumb and dumber sure and not something i'd want to see twice (in either movie's case) but the time passed and i needed to be in the movie theater (in both cases) so perhaps I am too generous...

9:48 AM, September 18, 2008  
Blogger Bill C said...

Nick, you have absolutely outdone yourself with this line: "...Seyfried [plays] all of her scenes through a terrifying knot of squealy enervation, as though she's trying to sprout a second mouth right between her eyes, to help her scream out the jellied proto-thoughts pupating in her mind."

Such an evocative description of something so abstract that I thought it was impossible to articulate.

12:35 PM, September 19, 2008  
Blogger NicksFlickPicks said...

@DJH: Well, with the caveat that I don't hate Meryl Streep in this movie, I did feel like the performance let itself down a few times even by its own fully confessed standards of silliness. But watching Meryl carouse around is a little like watching the ending(s) of A.I.: I sort of love it when enshrined talent suddenly exposes itself in grasping-at-straws mode. Not out of schadenfreude; I just find it interesting, and in her case sort of humanizing. So glad you liked the rest of the review.

@Tim: As you'll have guessed, I'm not getting near Righteous Kill. And as you now know, I thought Kingsley was great in Elegy.

@Nathaniel: Goatdog's got your back on Tropic Thunder (and we all agree on Downey), but don't get smug about it: he hated the Chabrol as much as I did. :)

@Bill C.: Praise indeed, coming from you! I really appreciate it. I should really edit the line to say "pupating in her character's mind," because I don't want to sound like I think Seyfried herself is mindless. She's been shrewd and smart in totally different performances (viz. Mean Girls and Nine Lives) but she looks pretty lost and helpless here. Funny what happens when you don't have a director at the helm. Anyway, thanks again for the compliment.

2:38 PM, September 19, 2008  

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