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Holmes & Watson (2018) Review

A SKETCH COMEDY DISASTER


 

The game is afoot” is the classic moniker catchphrase that’s accompany with the fictional character of Sherlock Holmes. Created by Sir Author Conan Doyle, the character of Sherlock Holmes (and his residence 221B Baker Street in London, England) has enchanted readers and viewers alike, following the clever English detective (usually set in the Victorian era) as he solves cases and mysterious. The character has plenty of other friends and enemies along the way, including Dr. John Watson (Sherlock’s faithful companion assistant), his brother Mycroft, and Scotland yard’s Inspector Lestrad, Sherlock’s landlord Mrs. Hudson, and his longtime rival Professor James Moriarty. Sherlock Holmes has become a classic literary character for decades, translating beyond the writing page as been feature in other mediums and facets, including the realm of TV and movies like 1939’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, 1959’s The Hound of Baskerville, 1985’s Young Sherlock Holmes, 1986’s The Great Mouse Detective, 2009’s Sherlock Holmes, BBC’s crime drama TV show Sherlock (2010 to present), and (most recently from the time of this post) 2018’s Sherlock Gnomes. Now, Sony / Columbia Pictures and director Etan Cohen present the latest cinematic iteration of Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes with the comedy film Holmes & Watson. Does this find movie “follow the clues” to comedic gold or does get lost within its own mystery and paradoxical conundrum laziness? Read more

Daddy’s Home 2 (2017) Review

A SHALLOW CHRISTMAS

COMEDY SEQUEL


 

Toward the end of 2015, the comedy film Daddy’s Home emerged as the one of the last comedy feature films of the year. Directed by Sean Anders, the movie, which starred Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, follow the plights of Brad Whitaker, who seeks to be the best dad for his stepchildren. Unfortunately, Brad’s wishes to be “father of the year” to them is cut short when their biological father, Dusty Mayron returns, causing a comedic “dad-off” between the two in proving which one is the best for the children. While the premise was simply and had potential, especially since this was the second film collaboration of Ferrell and Wahlberg following the 2010 movie The Other Guys, Daddy’s Home was met with harsh negative criticism from both viewers and critics alike. That being said, the movie did prove to be a somewhat commercial success, grossing roughly $240 million at the box office against its $69 production budget as well as being Ferrell’s highest grossing live-action film to date. Now, roughly two years later, Paramount Pictures and director Sean Anders, as well as Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg return for holiday comedy sequel with the film Daddy’s Home 2. Does this follow-up installment improve from its predecessor or is it another dud with a Christmas twist? Read more

The House (2017) Review

THE HOUSE DOESN’T ALWAYS WIN


 

Actors Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler are prime candidates for bring big laughs in both the big and small screen. Both came from appearing on SNL (Saturday Night Live) for several years, both have had major hits, and both have even starred in the same movie together. And while the two have had their fair share of being placed in mediocre films (mostly Ferrell of late), the two still prove to be a driving force within the comedy field, bringing enough star power and chuckles to the proceedings of whatever film they are starring in. Now, acting as his feature film directorial debut, film writer Andrew Jay Cohen and Warner Bros. Pictures (and New Line Cinema) present Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler in the comedy film The House. Does the movie bring the laughs or does is a comedy dud? Read more

Zoolander 2 Review

A STUPID FUNNY

DEREK ZOOLANDER SEQUEL


 

Back in 2001, the comedy Zoolander debuted, featuring the clueless model character Derek Zoolander as he struggles in his fashion modeling career as well as stopping himself from being brainwashed in killing the Prime Minister Malaysia. Whether you liked it or not, the movie was a success, reaching cult classic status in the comedy genre and offering plenty of funny one-liners that viewers repeated often, well after the movie ended. Now, after 15 years since the first film (and that’s a long time), Derek Zoolander is back and ready to hit the fashion runaway again in the comedy sequel Zoolander 2. Are moviegoers ready for the return of Derek Zoolander or is he (and his movie) a relic of cult comedy movie past? Read more

Daddy’s Home Review

DADDY’S NOT HOME


It’s been interesting to watch comedic actor Will Ferrell rise and fall over the years with his movies. Films like Night at the Roxbury, Anchorman, and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby have become iconic to Ferrell’s name. However, other movies like Semi-pro, The Campaign, Casa de Mi Padre, and Get Hard have proven the actor (who’s undeniably talented) has wasted his talents on unsavory / mediocre film endeavors. Interestingly, back in 2010, Ferrell teamed up with action / drama actor Mark Wahlberg in the collaboration team up comedy The Other Guys. The mixture, while at odd first, worked for the movie, proving that Wahlberg could enter in the foray of the comedy genre (see his performance in the movie Ted). Now, the pair (Ferrell and Wahlberg) have returned again on-screen with another comedy team up in the movie Daddy’s Home. Does the film find comedic gold in its scenario or is it a passable endeavor from the duo? Read more

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