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Office Christmas Party Review (2016) | Cracks You Up Good

Office Christmas Party is written in sheer fun. Josh Gordon and Will Speck’s entertainer is a movie that will crack you up at every juncture. It’s a party that would make you want to go to. It’s this contrasting placement of work with fun that makes the concept of Office Christmas Party a jovial hoot. Then again, the movie banks on its thriftless ostentation to get through but despite all the vulgarity and the bawdry, jokes still flow.

Plot of Office Christmas Party

You might think a movie like Office Christmas Party wouldn’t be having much to its plot if it’s all about showing blatant debauchery. But the movie proves you wrong the second it starts.

With awesome witty lines to bedeck its screenplay the movie chugs forward with Jason Bateman’s Josh Parker character trying to finalize his divorce. He is the Chief Technical Officer of a company called Zenotek. Olivia Munn’s character Tracey Hughes is the Head of Tech and is a girl brimming with outstanding ideas. T.J. Miller portrays Clay Vanstone, the branch manager who is as fun as he is in person. He is literally the life of the flick.

image of T.J. Miller as Clay Vanstone and Courtney B. Vance as Walter Davis in Office Christmas Party

With the devilish character Carol Vanstone played by Jennifer Aniston, who is also the intermediate CEO of Zenotek, the story dabs its first throttle. She threatens to lay off 40% of its staff, cut bonuses and to cancel the inbound Christmas Party which everybody was so psyched about. Clay wishes to fight her off by roping in a huge client, Walter Davis played by Courtney B. Vance. What follows are acts of turpitude in order to please the client to save the Zenotek branch.

Comic Orgy (Spoilers Ahead)

As the movie progresses you realize that it paces up gradually. The party moves up a notch every second. Just like alcohol. It settles in and makes you feel better. We get to see funny characters like Rob Corddry, Kate McKinnon, Vanessa Bayer, Randall Park, Karan Soni and Da’Vine Joy Randolph turn on their full-blown mode.

Jillian Bell’s Trina will force you to burst into laughter.

I don’t do handshakes, I do hugs.

When you see Jesus wading through the party arms spread on a horse, or when you see a reindeer in the toilet, or when you behold Jeremy drop the thumb sitting on the Game of Thrones chair, you feel you got your money’s worth. Watch out for such bits!

Also, it’s the presence of Olivia Munn in the movie that makes it a very satisfying watch. Her eyes do most of the talking and you can’t stop yourself from falling in love with her all over again. And she gives you a smart enough reason to keep it that way.

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The Final Verdict

Office Christmas Party has all the elements one needs to helm a movie into an entertainer. It makes you laugh uncontrollably, but then at times it is outright stupid. But the thing with comedy is that you gotta live it, enjoy the reverberation and then laugh it off.

Christmas is almost here. Go watch this lunacy!

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Central Intelligence Review (2016) | Fun While it Lasts

What a pleasant surprise! Going into the theater, I didn’t expect much from this Rocky-Hart venture that seemed oddly named as Central Intelligence. Whilst from the surface it appeared the same as any comedy movie Kevin Hart had in the past pounced upon, finding it good simply made my day.

DIRECTION OF CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE

This is what I expect from a good comedy flick – a good slow paced direction to keep you thoroughly engaged whilst throwing in some laughable bits every now and then. At the same time not compromising the crucial plot at play.

Rawson Marshall Thurber ensures the audience has plenty. There were well thought of comic bits strewn all across the movie, as he tries to work upon a rare build up to get to his punch lines. He will make you used to it, and you will be waiting with jaws wide open expecting a funny liner bomb to be dropped anytime.

THE ROCK AND HART CONNECTION

Central Intelligence is a buddy flick. Even though the protagonists are oddly paired, minutes into the movie and you will notice neither of them is a douche. They are totally nice guys and they gradually create a stunning chemistry that most Nice Guys movies profusely miss.

still of dwyane rock johnson with kevin hart in Central Intelligence movie

Kevin Hart’s Calvin Joyner is like a confused blend of perseverance and slapstick comedy. At dire moments when his emotional rivers go inundated, he reacts just as anybody of us would react, and that makes it both funny and relatable. That’s what Thurber pays attention to, letting Hart go savage at situational savagery.

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CAMEOS

There are endearing cameos that make you go, “Hey! Jason Bateman’s in the movie.” Or “Melissa McCarthy’s in it too.” Whilst Jason gets a shot once again at the Bully storyline, (seriously I can’t see how he fits the bill there!), Melissa’s role is ephemeral. Aaron Paul has a good role for a cameo as Phil and he will make your heart melt when he goes “Bitch!” bringing in memories from Breaking Bad. Kumail Nanjiani beams you up with his perfect comic timing in a funny Airport distraction scene. Ryan Hansen as Steve was hilarious too.

There is plenty of dope action inscribed in Central Intelligence for a comedy movie which looks absolutely spectacular when it gets delivered by Dwayne Johnson. Hart makes it all better with his rib-tickling descriptions.

still of kevin hart and dwayne johnson in central intelligence movie

DOWNSIDES

On the big downside of the movie is Dwayne Johnson’s pathetic good guy acting. When I see him it feels like he is acting. Give me something that betrays it Rocky! That and the fact that the plot would make you go meh! We have seen too much of that sorts.

Another one is that it goes way too slow for a comedy movie at times. Also, Central Intelligence movie doesn’t retain something that will throw you into fits of laughter to be candid.

THE FINAL VERDICT

Overall Central Intelligence was very entertaining, had funny situations that squeezed out comedy. The movie becomes successful in giving an uncanny makeover to comedy movies.

Go watch!

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Zootopia Review (2016)

Fun in every frame! Exciting stuff!

Zootopia has all the characteristics of a great movie. CGI is top-notch. So is its humour. Voiceovers are pretty great too. Binding together all the aforementioned elements is an intricate plot which is nothing but a thrilling joyride that plays out extremely well.

The fact that comedy in the animal world is distributed profusely based upon the various types of animals makes it a laugh riot. Creators find humour lurking in the remotest corners of the fauna and squeeze out every bit to ensure that you have a great time. Zootopia is brimming up like a carnival where all sorts of animals live in harmony together and basically coexist to comically impede the story with their cussing and nagging letting their animal instinctive jargon to make things exciting.

The story-line begins way back in time, and then quickly takes the plot up in the vanguard the moment Judy Hopps reaches Zootopia with her dream job. She has to solve a case that unravels into a bigger game at play as the movie progresses. The intricacies entailed and the mind-boggling revelations at the bottom of it all are thrilling to experience. Nick Wilde makes the story smugger appending some classy humour to the tale. At no point does the fun stop.

Animation is simply the best when you can see how much effort has been put into trivial things that we often ignore like the twitching of the nose, the feet movement, the mobile phone that shows a picture of a carrot (well played!), the reaction of them bunny ears to the noise around and every minute detail surrounding the demeanour of the movie characters. Well researched I must say, and well executed!

Characters of Hopps and Wilde have been given so much thought! The anthropomorphology they score with their expressions will give you the chills. They are simply that perfect!

The sloths are simply the best. Watch out for the Flash! 😀

The Gift Review (2015)

The Gift is a well written thriller!

Hats off to Joel Edgerton for his big debut as a fully-fledged director. Not only is his direction outstanding, but it is also better than most of the directors out there. His frames have an order, have the right amount of focus and they complement the score quiet beautifully.

The Gift unfurls gorgeously into a story which can’t be predicted at first. It breathes on a little suspense that coils around the question ‘Why’? Then as we progress halfway, things become a little clearer and the why gets answered. You see the true face of perversion there, and suddenly your heart brims up with sympathy.

The cast has done a great job by their majestic acting skills. Bateman and Joel are beautifully complemented by Rebecca Hall, and they all end up nailing it to perfection.

The plot is not quite intricate exactly, a little predictable when you see the end coming. But it is gorgeously wrapped under the threads of a thriller. It is very nicely written and eases quite brilliantly into the “Bullying” waters, an issue that still prevails in the society and the hunter in us never gives a damn. The Gift is all about one big bad vengeance, which skims a little horror as it progresses. The music is good and the silence is deafening too. A couple of quick surprises make your heart skip a beat.

What is however hard to swallow is the fact that the casting chose Jason Bateman to do the job of a bully. But if you look at it, the director intended to show a character that people would have trouble putting a pin to. And Joel milked this incredulity just fine.

Some things that Edgerton misses out on are screenplay and subtlety. I wished the screenplay to pack in a little bit more punch. Also, the movie could have done a tad more with the suspense building as things start to become quite apparent.

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If you start to question the last bit of the movie, where Robyn had already decided to leave Simon, then even if Simon didn’t know whose baby it was, it wouldn’t have mattered much. Let us just say both end up getting divorce, the indifference of Simon towards the baby would have given Robyn the true custody. Okay, it did shatter him and break him but was Gordo’s revenge really worth it? It was, if Simon really loved Robyn beyond limit, but given the limited romance time shown in the movie and confined relationship manifestation, things weren’t exactly palpable. Hard to digest!

Leaving everything aside, the movie still manages to keep you incessantly thrilled, rooted and suspenseful. Definitely worth your time!

Horrible Bosses 2 Movie Review (2014) | Tickles You Without a Good Plot

The wacky trio is back and they are back with not only a bang, but also with a bag of tickles. Horrible Bosses 2 Movie walks in with an okayish script by Sean Anders which appears more of a deliberate attempt to justify its moniker. It isn’t exactly what we were expecting from Horrible Bosses movie sequel but it’s still fine to make do.

Plot of Horrible Bosses 2 Movie (Spoilers Ahead)

To serve the cardinal plot of the movie the trio is hoping to be bosses this time in Horrible Bosses 2 movie. Little did they know getting into such shoes was a Herculean task. Reprising roles of Nick Hendricks, Dale Arbus, and Kurt Buckman, they come up with a brilliant idea called ‘Shower Buddy’. Struggling to find an investor, they get contacted by Bert Henson and Rex Hanson who order them to make 100000 units only to back out in the end. Invested completely in the manufacturing of their product, all three of them end up in a colossal debt.

still of chris pine addressing trio in horrible bosses 2 movie

Finding all doors closed they decide to resort to desperate measures. A kidnapping plan ensues however they screw it up when they reach Rex’s house. To their surprise when they return to their warehouse they find Rex tied up inside the trunk. It was none other than Rex who had staged his own kidnapping to get back at his dad. He increases the ransom money and blackmails them to go to the police if they didn’t comply with his plan. When Rex realizes his father cares more about money than him, he breaks down making the trio sympathetic towards him. Agreeing to fake his kidnapping, they tag along to see the whole thing through.

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Humour Quotient of the Flick

The humour stays brilliant nevertheless. What do you expect when the likes of Jason Bateman and Jason Sudeikis are there to steer comedy together with their amazing comic timing? Charlie Day beams you up with his clumsiness keeping the comedy alive. All of them are really funny. What makes Bateman unique is that he is the only sane person in the group trying to jack-hammer some sense into his moronic buddies whilst Jason and Charlie keep driving into the inane all the time.

Both Christoph Waltz and Chris Pine wear the wicked veil just fine. And Jamie Foxx the MF, is still awesome. The way he negotiates. Ha! 😛 So many great laughs strewn all across the flick, it wouldn’t let you settle down for a bit.

The Final Verdict

The story is a bit annoying at times, when it keeps going up and down the good guy – bad guy dunes. It becomes predictable as we knew things had to go kaput since the franchise is all about that. However, in the end it is nothing but the dope comic timing of its actors that makes it a decent watch.

Oh! And yeah! There is Mike 😉 Breaking Bad fans will be thrilled. It is kind of a cameo.

Go for this one. Hysterical stuff!

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