ACTOR - Chris O'Dowd
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Conspiracy of Silence 2004, Unrated)
Vera Drake 2004, R)
Festival 2005, Unrated)
Hotel Very Welcome 2007, PG)
I was ready to hate this but it wasn't too bad in the end. Simon Pegg's physical comedy has improved quite a lot and he hasn't sold himself out here like I thought he might have. Toby Young sounds like an annoying guy but the message is sound and comes across with very few cliches, it just about makes up for the horrible ending and overall it almost feels refreshing.
Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel 2009, PG-13)
Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked) 2009, R)
I liked The Boat that Rocked but I also hated it. It is too long and story-wise, a bit of a mess. That said, I liked the idea and the cast is great with some very funny performances. I just wish Richard Curtis would have given the idea to someone else to make. Firstly, it gives a very wrong account of the real story. My parents used to talk of Radio Caroline with great fondness and it would have been great to hear the true story. Also, the Marine Offences Act was passed for very good reason, not because the government didn't like Rock and Roll. It was past by Tony Benn, who I have the utmost respect for, he is hardly the Conservative character that Kenneth Branagh portrayed in the film. For one thing, he was and still is, a Labour man. It's these stupid inaccuracies and tweaks that really annoy me, it makes for a good film sure but there is already a good film in the true story, don't be so lazy and do some homework. Did I mention that I can't stand Richard Curtis?
Dinner for Schmucks 2010, PG-13)
I would argue that Dinner for Schmucks is just that little bit better than Le dinner de Cons. It is silly and a little formulaic in places but it succeeds in the fact that it has a very capable and very funny cast. Paul Rudd is the straight man, again, but he is quite good at it, I find it odd that people consider him a comedy actor because he isn't funny and that's not his role. Steve Carell is pretty dependable, his character has little back-story and is just odd for the sake of it which I think was a wise decision, he didn't need reasoning behind his madness, it's just best that he's just like that. Jemaine Clement, David Walliams, Lucy Punch and Chris O'Dowd are the best of the support, between them producing enough laughs for the film to be quite an easy and enjoyable watch. I loved the Mice too.
Gulliver's Travels 2010, PG)
Gulliver's Travels is a classic piece of literature that has gone through a few different incarnations and much like say A Christmas Carol, it's nice to see the different ways people tell the same story. This version was fine, I quite like what they did. However, if you are not a fan of Jack Black, and I have to say the more I see him the more I dislike him, then you probably wont like it. Why can't he do something different, why can't he act. Honestly, if only he and Jason Segel had swapped roles then this film would have improved 100%. The supporting cast was good but only Chris O'Dowd really embraced his character and subsequently steals the show.
Bridesmaids 2011, R)
For all the hype Bridesmaids received I was really expecting more. It's not a bad film, Kristen Wiig was good, the 'food poisoning' scene was very funny and it was great to see Chris O'Dowd in a big role, he did a great job too. It's just that I hated Rebel Wilson and Melissa McCarthy so much, I found them both painfully unfunny and it really took away a lot of the enjoyment for me. I don't really see this is a 'chick-flick' and I don't share the view that this is 'The first funny all female film' etc - I just see it as a very average comedy.
Friends With Kids 2012, R)
The only thing funny in this film is Jennifer Westfeldt pretending she's in her mid thirties. Meow. Adam Scott looks evil, he has a weird 'I've just licked Dogs piss off a stinging nettle and I think I liked it' expression on his face that makes me want to throw things at it. Just when you think that this film isn't going to be the predictably horrid comedy you thought it was going to be, it does something horrible. Half a point for originality but that is all (and too generous). Chris O'Dowd disappoints me the most, be careful Chris, I'm not sure you're going down the right path. Apart from Chris O'Dowd (but including his agent), everyone involved with this production should be set on fire.
3, 2, 1... Frankie Go Boom 2012, PG-13)
If I were to read the script of Frankie Go Boom I probably wouldn't then go on to to watch it. I do wonder how it got made but then it's a good job I'm not a big movie producer because it's actually a pretty decent comedy. I have my niggles, the film is not perfect but I think the script is clever and they definitely got the right cast. Above all it feels like something new, odd though it might be, it is an original and I won't knock originality in the cinema as there just isn't enough of it going around. However, you may never look at Ron Perlman in the same way again, although he is quite brilliant in his cameo.
The Sapphires 2013, PG-13)
A bit cheesy and a bit predictable and the race issue wasn't consistent enough to have the impact I believe they were initially going for. It had 'loosely' based on a real life story written all over it. That said, it was a pleasure to watch. I was worried at first that it would lack that certain something, that special scene that would make it a great film rather than just a good film and luckily by the end there were a couple. Very easy to watch and very hard not to enjoy. Some of the acting is a bit dodgy, which is to be expected seeing as most of the actors were based on their singing skills but Deborah Mailman and Chris O'Dowd more than made up it.
This is 40 2012, R)
An Anti-climactic look at what 40 isn't really like. Ok, so I liked the characters Pete and Debbie at first but their persona's never real stick, making the whole film a little hard to relate to or believe. The cameos go from good to bad, Chris O'Dowd being good and Melissa McCarthy being bad (I can't stand the woman). There is also too much ad libbing, I've said it before and no doubt I will say it again but Paul Rudd, as much as I like him, cannot and should not ad lib! John Lithgow and Albert Brooks are old school dependable and really help things but for every joke that makes you laugh there are 3 that don't.
Hippie Hippie Shake 2010, R)
Epic 2013, PG)
Epic is the new Rise of the Guardians, brilliant but completely overlooked. The title is rubbish and has understandably confused people. The story isn't that original, human being shrunk/fairies etc, it's part FernGully and part Avatar but I'd watch this over them any day. The characters are well thought out, the voice talent is good, the script is very funny, the story is strong and the overall feel of the film is really nice. The special effects are extremely impressive, I didn't think much of the humans as such but everything looked so lush and detailed, there were times where I was just blown away. This film deserves more love than it's received so far, it's miles better than Frozen!
Cuban Fury 2014, R)
Thor: The Dark World 2013, PG-13)
Thor: The Dark World improves on the original vastly, as it needed to do. I still don't like Natalie Portman's character much but I can live with it. Apart from there not being enough Jaimie 'Should have been cast as Wonder Woman' Alexander screen time, it was pretty much spot on. The character has really captured the essence of the comic and has improved on it. The final showdown was intelligent and breathtaking, not since the grand finale of Superman 2 have I been more thrilled at the end of a Superhero film. Marvel really are on a roll, I'm a DC man myself and I'm hoping my team will sort themselves out and give them a run for their money (but out of passion rather than financial one-upmanship. Loved that Cameo!