There is so much violence in the world, which we get to witness on a day to day basis. We see the gruesome imagery on television, images that aren’t just fiction but also reality. Violence is, and always will be, part of humanity. If you’re looking for those images in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil & Vile, you will be disappointed. Because this film focuses not on the violence, but the man the violence hides behind.
What a difficult week. 2016, as many have stated, is turning into an awful year, and it’s difficult to keep yourself upbeat when such terrible things are happening to great people.
Be aware, spoilers!
Following the successful and hilarious Neighbors, the team of writers behind it prove that it is possible to create a sequel equally as great! Filled with dildo jokes, dirty dancing moves, a ton of weed and a man hug, Neighbors 2 is funny, sweet and again, a little crazy!
The kind of house next door relationship Neighbors portrays is something I’ve never experienced and most likely won’t get the chance to. Though, having Zac Efron and Dave Franco living next door would be a dream come true, huge fake dildos and weed-parties included.
Another one of those multi-love-story movies that started with Love Actually, continued with He’s Just Not That Into You followed by Katherine Fugate’s Valentine’s Day and now it seems another big holiday that represents love – New Year’s Eve (also Fugate). To be honest, I think these type of movies where so many stories come together and are acted out by the top names in Hollywood are rather awesome. Love Actually of course out of them all is #1 forever (and not just because it’s British but because it is the best) but I find it interesting to see how they keep trying to achieve the same in America.
New Year’s Eve is the next attempt with – now comes the long list of names that I just enjoy reading (underlined are the ones I’m excited to see): Ashton Kutcher, Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Hilary Swank, Josh Duhamel, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Biel, Zac Efron, Abigail Breslin, Alyssa Milano, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sarah Jessica Parker, Halle Berry, Sara Paxton, Sienna Miller, Julie Andrews, John Lithgow, John Stamos, Jon Bon Jovi, Ludacris and etc. So it all comes to this: don’t care about the plots, just want to see the Hollywood movie-stars on the 9th of December!
Since I was already crossing movies off my list (of movies I want to watch) I decided that what harm can one more do: Charlie St. Cloud was my next victim. (Again I ignore the fact that it is based on a book but not because I want to but because I need to do it – I haven’t read the book.)
I was slightly worried about Zac Efron because the only role he had done except the singing basketball player was a funny grown man in his teenage body – something as serious as Charlie St. Cloud seemed totally out of his element. But guess what? He wasn’t as bad as I thought he would be. I know, I was as surprised as you are but I’m actually guessing that his good performance was due to the fact that the other lead Amanda Crew was really not that good. I think it was the chemistry thing which they didn’t have and I think it was the fact that Zac took his shirt off. Huh, who would’ve known, I am that shallow.
The movie is basically about this guy , Zac, who has lost his brother but is stillplaying baseball with him in the woods. (His brother is a ghost in case you didn’t understand.) It has been 5 years, he works in the graveyard and when his friend who died in the war has a conversation with him we get the idea that Zac can talk to ghosts. When he meets this girl who also loves to sail and has this big journey ahead of her they start to hang out, he of course doesn’t see his brother that often anymore. And then, a twist! I would totally tell you about it but it would ruin the whole movie so I’m gonna shut my mouth and finish with a conclusion that goes like this:
It wasn’t a bad movie but I wouldn’t call it a good one either. It reminds me a little of The Invisible (2007) and now to think of it, it does look a lot like The Invisible only that the last one was a bit more interesting. Charlie St. Cloud didn’t have as much thrill in it as I would’ve liked and the twist part, well lets just say that it could have been even more shocking!