Birdman (2014)

Birdman

For my first review of 2015, I’ll try to write about Birdman. This isn’t going to be as complex and interesting as the movie itself because that would be impossible for me to achieve. Instead, I’m going to praise its aspects that stood out without any spoilers because I went in almost completely blind and it blew me away!

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# 180 – The Hangover part 2

After a long period of time when I didn’t have enough cash on me to go to the movies I finally went with couple of friends and saw Hangover 2. First of all, I didn’t really expect a lot from it and my expectations where right – Hangover 2 is a quite lame try to do the “greatness” (I didn’t really care for it that much in the first place) of the first movie by basically using the same story-line and twists.

It all started with the fact that Stu (who probably is the funniest guy in the whole movie because he really doesn’t try to be funny – bad/funny things just happen to him) is getting married and his friends want to throw him a party. Things go wild (again) and they wake up with a massive hangover while not remembering anything.  Lots of fun and searching and stuff and then they find the missing guy and the end.

There where couple of jokes that made me really laugh but overall the movie wasn’t something I’d watch again – reason being simple, they make the end too important. The fun part before is all forwarded to the end, where they try to find the guy who they eventually find. So what is the point of this movie? Basically it shows that you can drink yourself into a blackout and still end up loving life and the party they just had – what a great movie for the entire family it truly is. Based on this and the fact that this is the sequel, I’m giving it a 2 out of 5 – because poor Stu got f’d in the ass.

# 98 – Due Date

“Dad, you were like a father to me!” Ethan Tremblay

I liked this movie! Was it because I had had a very good day or is my love towards Robert Downey Jr. simply that strong will remain unknown because my excitement is clouding every other thought that could make it about anything else except the movie itself.

Was it over the top crazy with things that could never happen in real life? Yes! But were those things deliberately made into outrageous scenes were Zach flips the car, hijacks  Robert who is being held in a carriage body (or something like that) and flips that after which he shoots Robert!? I believe that they were. So what could I do with a movie that is so unrealistic in so many aspects than to enjoy it and at some point be as excited as a kid on a Christmas morning!

The movie is similar to Hangover, the previous masterpiece of Alan R. Cohen and Alan Freedland who are apparently making the second Hangover as we speak, with its sole purpose to arrive to an event in time! Hangover was about a lost groom who had to go to his own wedding, Due Date was about a soon to be father Peter (Robert Downey Jr.)  who had to be in LA before his wife gave birth. The problems start the moment Peter gets to the airport because he meets Ethan who of course is the origin of troubles that fallow the movie from beginning to end.

It is quite hard to describe the movie witch is mostly based on the visual aspect of acting (the body language of Zach Galifianakis is just priceless) and the energy of the two main characters that hold the movie together. Robert is one of my favorites at the moment and all though I have disliked Zach in the past I think that his performance with Robert made him more likeable for me.

All in all it’s another great movie in its genre (outrageous comedy?) which shows that going on a road trip with a complete stranger can turn out pretty okay in the end, not including the bruises and a bullet wound – I mean, he made it there in time, what more do you need for a happy ending?