- December 9th, 2016
- 1 Hour 45 Minute Run Time
Office Christmas Party for all purposes should be a huge comedy holiday hit yet sadly falls shorts enough in a few major aspects to be a letdown for all.
The film follows Clay (TJ Miller) as a goof running the Chicago branch of a big name tech company that his late father owned. His sister Carol (Jennifer Aniston) however is the CEO and a big bad business woman who comes in wanting to shut down the branch right before Christmas unless her brother can somehow come up with a plan to bring profits up and save money. The big plan though, to throw a giant Christmas Party to bring team morale up and help impress a potential business party. Meanwhile Josh (Jason Bateman) and Tracey (Oliva Munn) are trying to devise a way to revolutionize the internet that could potentially save the day.
Now that plot is one of the first major things wrong. It often times takes itself more serious than it should. For a trailer that showed just a wild comedic party we instead are treated to too many scenes that are too serious or attempt to pull emotional strings to instead of being comedic. The other plot problem was that the more insane the party became the less funny it became as well. Usually comedy films like this can up the craziness therefore increasing the comedy while instead here the comedy would fall flat quite often. There aren’t as many burst out laughing moments here as one would expect.
This all comes as such a shame since the film boasts a handful of good actors. Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston give their usual performances here with Aniston finally coming to towards the end. TJ Miller sadly seems to fail to deliver on what would otherwise be a great role for him while Olivia Munn nearly does the same just giving a profane laced performance short on laughs from her. Rob Corddry is in this as well and sadly way too underused since most times he is a complete joy to have on screen. The two best though comes in the form of Kate McKinnon as the weird HR lady and Jillian Bell as Trina the pimp with two different personalities almost.
At the end of the day Office Christmas Party has some witty dialog but just falls short of being the big comedy it was presented to be. With a great cast almost all falling short and a big party that often times isn’t even funny Office Christmas Party will leave you thinking of what could of been.
Score : 4/10
- Feb. 4th, 2016
- Action / Comedy
- 1 Hour 48 Minutes Length
Deadpool as a film or a name needs no introduction anymore. With one of the best PR releases leading up to a film in possibly all time Deadpool came out swinging and to the delight of all didn’t miss a single hit.
The story of Deadpool isn’t a overly complex one. Wade Wilson is a hired gun who when coming down with multiple forms of cancer that will kill him he undergoes a rogue experiment that is said to cure him, instead they attempt to mutate him to become a personal super solider. Upon escaping with his new found powers only to find out that they have kidnapped his former girlfriend, Wade must go after the bad guys in a attempt to rescue his love. Now again, the story isn’t too original in that department but it never tries to be.
Now Marvel has pretty much perfected the PG13 action film category of films from the last few years. Deadpool takes it to a level they don’t delve into too often though, a very hard R rated film. Deadpool hits every bump on the R rating, graphic violence, nonstop vulgar language and jokes, sex, nudity, and it’s all done perfectly. Wade goes around jumping and spinning around like a killer ballerina disposing of guys like it’s a killer musical. The violence is so comical yet bloody and gory enough to make even the more diehard action fans crack a smile.
One has to thank Ryan Reynolds though for pulling easily the best role he has ever done as well as one of the best superhero roles of all time. With Reynolds years and attempts at making Deadpool the way the comics created him and helping write and fund the film himself he makes what will go down as one of the best characters and film roles of 2016. This is the role he was born to play. TJ Miller as Weasel, Wade Wilson’s best friend in the film too goes perfect as the best friend of the film and his on screen scenes with Deadpool create some hysterical moments.
A common complaint I’ve heard from people for this film though is that the flashbacks to Wade’s life leading up to becoming Deadpool are slower and kill the vibe the films builds sometimes. Now I can see where people would agree with that, however I feel like this builds its up and gives the knowledge since Deadpool 2 was announced before this one was even released. Plus what action the flashbacks don’t have are more then made up for with some great one liners and jokes.
Overall Deadpool is a vulgar, foul mouthed, violent, gory film and I wouldn’t want it any other way. Marvel proved that a hard R rated film will not only score great reviews but be beloved by fans and critics alike as well as break numerous records upon release. Deadpool is a must see.