Review: Dumb and Dumber ‘To’ (2014)


Sometimes sequels just aren’t called for. In the sequel to the 1994 comedy classic, Dumb and Dumber, we follow Lloyd and Harry once again go on a trip across America – this time in search for the daughter of Harry, who has been adopted. There’s some added emotional weight added to the film, seeing as Harry desperately needs to find a kidney-donor.

That’s the overall frame for this feature length journey, and it’s complete with fun nods to the original film like specific dream sequences ending in a certain way, and the vehicle on the film’s poster. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels are, of course, back – but while they both act out the comedy extremely well, they aren’t given a lot to deal with. I just don’t feel that a huge chunk of this movie is funny at all – primarily around the time of the point of no return in the third act. That’s not to say that it’s not funny at all, because of course Daniels and Carrey are funny – but most of the jokes are not really that memorable – and the film isn’t instantly quotable.

The thing is that the film borrows a lot of the plotpoints and quotes from the original film – and thus takes some fanservice and turns them into wasted moments of material that feels copypasted. Sadly, I also felt that the parts of the plot that weren’t ‘copypasted’ were predictable. Daniels and Carrey are the real highlights of the film, for there’s nothing else to be excited about. The plot feels similar to the original, the jokes feel similar to the ones in the original and the sidecharacters aren’t that exciting.

While I didn’t hate this movie, I feel that I have to add that the people next to me were so disappointed that they left the film after 30 minutes – and I’m sure they weren’t the only ones wishing they were somewhere else… And that’s sad, ’cause it’ll never get old seeing Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey having fun together.

Overall Score: 6.4 out of 10. Though not completely without laughs or fanservice, this film remains nothing more than yet another comedy classic sequel – and not a single one of them are very good. I loved the original, but this one lost its magic – perhaps this was a missed opportunity.

NFL 2014 – Week 13 Preview

Happy Thanksgiving!

Predictions

  • Bears over Lions
  • Cowboys over Eagles
  • Seahawks over 49ers
  • Colts over Redskins
  • Texans over Titans
  • Bills over Browns
  • Ravens over Chargers
  • Giants over Jaguars
  • Bengals over Buccaneers
  • Rams over Raiders
  • Steelers over Saints
  • Panthers over Vikings
  • Cardinals over Falcons
  • Patriots over Packers
  • Broncos over Chiefs
  • Dolphins over Jets

 

NFL 2014 – Week 12 Preview

Yet another week without a power ranking. Look for it in the coming weeks.

  • Chiefs over the Raiders
  • Browns over the Falcons
  • Eagles over the Titans
  • Patriots over the Lions
  • Packers over the Vikings
  • Colts over the Jaguars
  • Texans over the Bengals
  • Jets over the Bills
  • Bears over the Buccaneers
  • Cardinals over the Seahawks
  • Rams over the Chargers
  • Broncos over the Dolphins
  • 49ers over the Redskins
  • Cowboys over the Giants
  • Ravens over the Saints

Game of The Year Watch 2014: Update 6

In today’s update I’ll be focusing on two titles that have actually sort of disappointed me this year. One of these aforementioned games comes every year, and the other had its debut. Let’s start with the latter. Shadow of Mordor.

So, I was really looking forward to return to Middle-Earth. I’m a big fan of the Tolkien-universe, a big fan of Troy Baker and I generally like Arkham-style releases. However. It really surprised me how little I cared. The story really tries to grab you, and it sort of does – but with little plot guidance early on, I felt that I had no reason to continue the story. Only battling orcs, goblins and whatnots felt good. Its nemesis system is great, for sure – and the combat is great as this hybrid of Assassin’s Creed and the Arkham-series. So, yeah, the game is great – but I just didn’t care about it. And that really shocked me.

Now, I am European – I truly enjoy soccer, football – whatever you call it. I’ve played FIFA for years, and though I liked the Next-Gen FIFA 14 version, I was very aware of the fact that it was lacking a lot of features (on purpose). Needless to say, with these features back it’s much better in FIFA 15. Another thing I really like is the goalkeeping, and the small touches on the game, like goal-line technology. The game is great for what it is, but it disappoints me somewhat – seeing as it’s the first FIFA game that I don’t want to play by myself.

In the next update, I’ll be tackling Far Cry 4 and LEGO Batman 3 – as well as addressing the two Assassin’s Creed-games. Do remember that remastered games cannot be considered in the hunt – so Grand Theft Auto V won’t be mentioned going forward.

Game of The Year Watch:

  1. Mario Kart 8 – 9.7 out of 10.0.
  2. The Walking Dead: Season 2 – 9.5 out of 10.0.
  3. South Park: The Stick of Truth – 9.5 out of 10.0.
  4. The Wolf Among Us: Season 1 – 9.3 out of 10.0.
  5. Child of Light – 9.2 out of 10.0.
  6. Valiant Hearts: The Great War – 9.0 out of 10.0.
  7. InFAMOUS: Second Son – 9.0 out of 10.0.
  8. Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor – 8.7/10.0.
  9. WATCH_DOGS – 8.5 out of 10.0.
  10. FIFA 15 – 8.5 out of 10.0.
  11. Destiny – 8.3 out of 10.0.
  12. Entwined – 8.2 out of 10.0.
  13. EA Sports UFC – 7.0 out of 10.0.

What Am I Reading? 6 of 6

The following post is the sixth of six revolving around what I am reading (mostly comics) in 2014. Every post will cover two months, and therefore this one will cover November and December. Do note that this bimonthly post might be discontinued after 2014.

As for books, I’m focusing on Netherland (pictured above), as for comics? Currently I’m trying to catch up on Scott Snyder’s Batman-run. I’m enjoying what I’m reading, but with UCPH I’m having a tough time catching up.

During November I’ve read parts of Perks of Being a Wallflower, and so far I am loving it.

In December I probably won’t read many books out of want, but rather out of need – i.e. a lot of exams in December (and January).

 

NFL 2014 – Week 11 Preview

No Power Ranking this week, so straight to this week’s predictions.

  • Miami Dolphins over the Buffalo Bills
  • Chicago Bears over the Minnesota Vikings
  • Cleveland Browns over the Houston Texans
  • Atlanta Falcons over the Carolina Panthers
  • New Orleans Saints over the Cincinnati Bengals
  • Washington Redskins over the Tampa Bay Bucs
  • Denver Broncos over the St. Louis Rams
  • San Francisco 49ers over the New York Giants
  • Seattle Seahawks over the Kansas City Chiefs
  • San Diego Chargers over the Oakland Raiders
  • Arizona Cardinals over the Detroit Lions
  • Philadelphia Eagles over the Green Bay Packers
  • Indianapolis Colts over the New England Patriots
  • Pittsburgh Steelers over the Tennessee Titans

REVIEW: Interstellar (2014)


Warning, expect some spoilers from the film following the premise description – however, for the good of the film I’ll do my best to refrain myself from discussing important scenes in-depth. The film follows Cooper, played by Matthew McConaughey, a father of two, as he attempts to secure a future for his children, who are living where no person should. Earth is falling apart, and the future of humanity is in question. When Cooper’s daughter discovers something odd, a journey begins, as Cooper is thrown into something much bigger than him and his family – interstellar travel to save humanity. But Cooper’s daughter, Murphy, doesn’t agree with his decision to partake in the journey – and then the story truly begins.

This could sound like Michael Bay’s Armageddon, but thankfully this film is much more than that. Don’t get me wrong, the aforementioned film can be enjoyable – but the small plot points of films like Armageddon are processed much better here in Interstellar by the Nolans. The themes in this film revolve around family, and also the point in which you break away from that – and partake in your destiny. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine and Anne Hathaway – and they’re all great in this film. So is Nolan. Nolan is a great director, and I really do love his films.

There are a lot of memorable scenes in this film, and for me – one of the most memorable scenes revolve around a message-in-a-bottle communication system. McConaughey is great in the scenes wherein he receives video from Earth. I love those scenes, but they are also very emotional – and this film really is, to be honest. This film, at its core, is about a simple man trying to save his children from doom – his mission is very personal, very much unlike the rest of his crewmembers, though.

The viewers should know what they’re getting into when watching this film though. I found that there were people expecting horror sci-fi going in; people expecting a lot of action – perhaps even aliens. Don’t. This is classic science fiction, heavy on science – theoritical to be precise. This is also, though, a space opera – and though it does a great job in building a relationship between a father and a daughter, I found that some relationships were not as strong as I’d like. Cooper’s son isn’t as developed as you’d hope, and I wasn’t happy with the introduction of Professor Brand.

I loved the story though, but if one is unable to properly relax in the film – through suspension of disbelief – then I expect a less than stellar experience. It is of paramount importance that you watch this film in a movie theatre – I cannot stress this enough. Nolan’s films are beautiful, and this is not an exception – perhaps this is actually the prettiest of all his films. As a side-note, I might add that there is an interesting surprise actor in the film – don’t look at the credited cast on IMDb – I repeat, don’t look at the credited cast!

I question whether this film would be better received if Gravity didn’t come out last year – for some scenes aren’t as fantastical to me, as they were in the aforementioned 2013 film. Finally, I’d like to mention the final act – which is imperfect. The story becomes too clunky in the final act, and though I actually like a lot of the final act, I was told by other theatre attendees that they found it confusing. The biggest problem I have with this film – which is bound to be unfairly overanalyzed, seeing as it is created by Christopher Nolan – is the ending. I would’ve liked for this film to end 3, or perhaps even 10, minutes earlier – as the ending became too Hollywood for my liking.

Ending on a high-note, I’d like to add that the scenes involving Michael Caine have a lot of weight to them – and there’s an overall message in those scenes (retrod in the scenes involving the special surprise actor). A message created by poet Dylan Thomas – and it is absolutely breathtaking, and at times emotional. Perfect use of a perfect poem.

Overall Score: 8.8 out of 10. Though the film has a clunky final act, with too much Hollywood-sweetness added to it, this is a great example of a proper space opera, and it goes where few great theoretical-science fiction-films have gone before. Teaching us to not go gentle into that good night.