Monday, 3 September 2012

Blasting on Metacritic Users 2: The Three Stooges Review

This new blog series titled "Blasting on Metacritic Users" is about metacritic.com users who overrates or underrates a movie, TV show, game or music and just how wrong they are. Today, we're taking a look at The Three Stooges. It scored an overall 6.1/10 based on 81 ratings according to metacritic (the scores can easily change) which indicates "generally favorable reviews", obviously overrated and this article is going to explain why this movie is more of a 5/10. If you strongly agree with this review, you can help bring the ratings down by submitting a negative rating on the website. A review is optional!
Theatrical release poster
The Three Stooges is about a trio of men Larry, Curly and Moe who still lives in an orphanage since they were babies. Hitting, slapping and finger-poking each other all the time, they’re nothing but bad news for the Sisters of Mercy Orphanage, an orphanage that would soon be shut down if they don’t come up with $830,000 within 30 days.

The trio then travels to the city to try and raise the money somehow despite the fact that they know nothing about inner city life. A series of adventure begins as The Three Stooges becomes involved in an attempted murder plot as well as a famous reality TV show during their quest to save their orphanage.

When it comes to comedy, the Farrelly brothers forget to add the laughs these days. Children may find this movie very humorous; after all it is juvenile. But older viewers won’t find any fresh jokes, or at least amusing ones, in his comedy and the result of this movie is basically nothing but pure slapsticks.

Some Catholics have even criticised the film for its disrespectful portrayal of nuns, especially Kate Upton in her "nun-kini". You know the ending went a bit too far despite Kate looking drop dead gorgeous. If you’re not religious, then you don’t need to worry about it. It’s certainly an improvement over the Farrelly brother’s previous films, Hall Pass and The Heartbreak Kid, thanks to the performances from its three leading actors.

In conclusion, The Three Stooges is characters attacking each other for 90 minutes. Though it’s not unpleasant or painful to watch, and it’s certainly an improvement over the Farrelly brother’s previous work, audiences other than children will find very little entertainment.

5/10

American Reunion Review

Theatrical release poster that mirrors the original 1999
American Pie movie poster
A group of friends reunite for a guy’s night out before attending their high school reunion and, as predicted, things become disastrous.

If you love the American Pie film series, then this film will not disappoint. If you haven’t seen the previous films, then you might want to appreciate the earlier films before giving this one a go and if you don’t like the film series overall then American Reunion will surely be a let-down.

It’s good to see the cast reunite once again, probably for the final time. While the rest of the characters are more responsible for their own actions, if not mature, the highlight character, Stifler, has not changed a bit. Fans will appreciate this but those who aren’t American Pie fans to begin with will be put off by the lack of interesting characters, as there are hardly any new character developments.

There are some good laughs for fans, thanks to Stifler, but others might not find it funny, nor will they appreciate its recycled jokes and plotting for nearly two hours. All in all, the film is a decent entry in the teen/adult comedy genre with hit-and-miss jokes. No surprise that American Reunion is a box office success which might lead to a sequel, but what comes after adulthood?

In conclusion, if you’re not a fan of the American Pie film series then this movie will not be rewarding. But if you’re a fan of the film series, then you can expect a satisfying return.

6/10

The Dictator Review

Theatrical release poster
Sasha Baron Cohen stars as Admiral General Aladeen, the dictator of the fictional Republic of Wadiya, who pays a visit to the United States of America to ensure that democracy would never come to his country.

After starring in Larry Charles’s previous two mockumentaries, Borat and Bruno, it looks like they’re both taking a turn for scripted comedy, not exactly for the better. The result is equally funny and offensive just like Bruno though The Dictator is, of course, more predictable and it doesn't quite meet the standards of Borat.

Some jokes go on for too long, such as Aladeen complaining to Nadal that he wants his nuclear weapon to be pointy and that the round edge would bounce the nuclear weapon back to his country, little slapstick here and there but it serves some good laughs, throughout 90 minutes, for fans of Borat as well as Bruno.

If you’re new to the works of Larry Charles and Sasha Baren Cohen, you might still enjoy this but watching Borat first and then Bruno is highly recommended. Otherwise, if you’re not a fan, you might not appreciate The Dictator’s crude and vulgar measures.

The Dictator is worth the watch, even if it’s not the funniest movie of the year. So far that award goes to 21 Jump Street, well worth the watch. The movie may not be new or fresh in laughs, but it’s nice to see the film’s familiar comedy style.

In conclusion, The Dictator is a decent comedy that, more or less, measures up to Bruno. But from the works of Larry Charles and Sasha Baron Cohen, Borat still remains triumphant.

6/10