Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

The Pirates!  Band of Misfits - 4 out of 5

I'm a sucker for stop-motion animation.  The dedication, patience and all around majesty that is the process is awe-inspiring to me.  It's comforting to know that even though it seems 3D animation is killing 2D animation, stop-motion still exists thanks to the likes of Coraline, the latest release that is ParaNorman and the UK film The Pirates!  Band of Misfits.

90% sure I once hit on a girl who looked exactly like this...and was rejected too.


Based on the novel series, The Pirates! is about a rag-tag collection of pirates led by The Pirate Captain (Hugh Grant) who's on a mission to become Pirate of the Year (an honor he deems is now due to him by process of elimination) and beat the seemingly better pirates of Peg Leg Hastings (Lenny Henry), Cutlass Liz (Selma Hayek) and Black Bellam (Jeremy Piven--don't eat the fish while on the high seas, Piven...I would hate to see you get mercury poisoning again.)

Who are we to say their love is wrong?


In an effort to not be a laughing stock in the pirate world, The Pirate Captain and his crew--including his insightful second-in-command (Martin Freeman), a naive albino (Anton Yelchin) and the Captain's "big boned" parrot Polly--set out to loot as many ships as they can but come up empty handed until they come across the HMS Beagle and Charles Darwin (voiced by my favorite Doctor, David Tennant) who points out that Polly isn't a parrot at all but the last living dodo bird and, in turn, is Darwin's ticket to fame and the heart of Queen Victoria (Imelda Staunton).

AHHH, A DEMON!!!  Kill it with fire!...oh wait, it's an albino....
AHH, AN ALBINO!!!   Kill it with fire!!!


Directed by Peter Lord (Chicken Run) and released in the UK under the same title as one of the novels, The Pirates! in an Adventure with Scienctists, the film is just plain fun.  The animation looks incredible as the traditional stop-motion claymation is combined with some elements of CG (mostly to create background environments) and the results are spectacular.  The character animations are eerily realistic and when combined with a terrific voice cast (including Brendan Gleeson, Al Roker and Brian Blessed along with the others mentioned), the final product comes off more convincing than a lot of real-life, non-clay and plastic actors--think Jason Statham, Shia LaBeouf, Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Sam Worthington or whatever terrible actor out there who somehow gets roles despite how awful they are (the Nickelbacks of the acting world--you know, somehow successful despite the obvious lack of talent.).

Yep, Oscar worthy performances from hunks of plastic and clay...
and I'm not talking about Pamela Anderson.


And did I mention this movie was funny?  I didn't?  Sorry about that...must be slipping in my old age.  But seriously, this movie is funny and not in a "hey, that guy fell down" kind of way.  While those jokes do have some play, the majority of the included gags are intelligent and contain a razor sharp wit that sliced its way into the funny center of my brain and caused me to bleed...and by bleed, I mean laugh (yes, I know that was an odd, slightly gross, metaphor).  But this wit and intelligence really shouldn't be a surprise because it was produced in the United Kingdom.  I'm not saying they do comedy better but if it was done in America, the movie would have been an hour and a half long joke about the "poop deck."

Uh oh, the demon is getting excited.  Did I say demon again?


The look on his face...he must have visited the
Creationists museum.
Creationists can put their minds at ease because the inclusion of Charles Darwin in this movie isn't going to mean your kid watching this will end up learning about evolution.  No, The Pirates! is just a fun movie with killer animation that tells a great story with a host of entertaining characters who don't even have proper names.  For example, one pirate who is a female in disguise as a man is named The Surprisingly Curvaceous Pirate and if you can get away with having fun characters who's names are just comical descriptions of themselves then you have a winner in my book.  Plus, Flight of the Conchords' "I'm Not Crying" is used in the film's soundtrack and that's awesome in and of itself.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Silent House

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Silent House - 1 out of 5

I can only assume the "silent" part of Silent House has to do with my complete lack of response to this un-imaginitive American horror remake of a 2010 (yeah, we're remaking movies barely out of their terrible twos) Uruguayan film.

 This film is centered (and I literally mean centered but I'll get to that later) on a young girl named Sarah who is out helping her dad and uncle renovate a house.  However, Sarah finds out that there may be others in the house and she finds herself terrorized with no option other than hiding under things to help her.  Why doesn't she run away, you are hopefully asking yourself.  Number 1) this is a horror flick and no character in a horror is smart enough to just run away from the danger and Number 2) the predictable (in many ways) twist ending prevents such an act from occurring.

Cool...she's whimpering and hiding.  Must be from a monster.  This movie could be good.


Since I know all of you religiously read my reviews (and in some small countries, I'm worshiped as a Movie God and Destroyer of Scary Spiders) you know I have a great distaste for American horror films--in fact, even most foreign ones annoy me because they lack the one thing they need to be qualified as a scary movie...actually being scary.

America is the most guilty of churning out scare-less scary movies because all we do is steal from other countries, remake it with minimal effort or build an entire film around a cheap gimmick while forgetting you need to include attention to such details as the script, acting and tone.  Amazingly, Silent House is a perfect example of all this as the filmmakers were trying to show how bad a horror film can be.

Okay...she's hiding again...and whimpering.  But there's clearly no monster.
Something's got to happen soon.


Right off the bat, the fact this film is an American remake has marks against it but it's the gimmick that is forcefully placed within it that kills it with the efficiency of a Samurai warrior with a lightsaber.  The film decides to look like it's one continuous shot--think Alfred Hitchock's Rope only as a piece of crap.  The edits are cleverly (and by cleverly, I mean kinda obvious) hidden throughout the film.  This "unblinking eye" (yet, kinda blinking) is meant to put the viewer into the terror that Sarah is going through but it ends up being a source of amusement as it starts to look like the latest half-assed "found footage" film and a large amount of the camera work looks silly as there is a point where it's clear that the actress who plays Sarah (Dakota Fanning's possible clone without the talent and sister to the Olsen twins; Elizabeth Olsen) makes it painfully obvious at one point she's actually waiting for the cameraman to keep up with her as she enters the house and then, unconvincingly, pretends to struggle with the door (because slamming a door requires some sort of effort) and there's even a point where our cameraman is granted mild The Flash-like speed in order to get ahead of Sarah when running away from danger...and by running away from danger I mean sprinting away from it for a moment before immediately curving right back towards the house.  I half expected to hear that silly "fast run" sound effect you hear on True Blood when this part of the film happened.  I get it that the director wants you to feel what Sarah is going through as he kept the camera centered on her (see?  I told you I would get back to the whole "centered" thing.) but when your actress is lifeless in her representation of fear, what you get is just an hour and a half of watching a girl kinda/sort of whimpering and hiding.

"Don't worry, Cameraman...let me just mysteriously play with the doorknob so you
have enough time to get in the house before I slam it close."


This emphasis on the camera and its gimmick takes precedence (not that such a thing is actually a surprise in Hollywood) and the rest of the film suffers.  First off, the acting is atrocious!!!  How atrocious?  Did you not see the three exclamation marks I gave it?  Elizabeth Olsen is just bland and, somehow, makes fear and confusion look boring.  It's like Kristen Stewart coached her on how to be scared only Olsen took some liberties and replaced the look of "I'm about to vomit" for tears.  Then you have Adam Trese as her father and their relationship feels painfully forced and unnatural.  It's like they're two aliens disguised as humans trying to pretend they're a family.  And don't get me started on Eric Sheffer Stevens (yeah, I never heard of him either) as the creepy uncle.

Since most scary movies are about twists rather than reveals nowadays, Silent House is no exception.  The problem here is the twist is predictable and its revelation offers nothing to the horror department because by the time it arrives, the movie has already put you in the real danger of falling asleep on the couch.  In fact, this movie is so boring and the acting is so flat that by the time the horrible facts of the film's ending comes into focus, I found myself saying, "meh."

Is she about to dance?  NO!  Just more FUCKING hiding!


Silent House is a prime example of how America doesn't try to scare you with its scary movies.  They're far more preoccupied with a gimmick to sell the movie on then telling an actually spine-chilling story and having talented and convincing acting.  In fact, this movie was so bad, I can't even find the energy or desire to see the original...which, supposedly (like all horror films) is based upon actual events.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Bernie

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Bernie - 4 out of 5

Can a comedy exist about a real life murder?  Bernie proves it can.

Based on the real-life murder of 81 year old millionaire Marjorie Nugent (played by Shirley MacLaine) in Carthage, Texas in 1996 by her companion Bernie Tiede (Jack Black), the film follows Bernie's arrival to Carthage as an assistant funeral director to his rise as a man who captured the heart of the city with his personality and genuine kindness to his fall from grace.

And yes...Jack Black does sing in it.


Bernie's large heart caused him to act as a grief counselor to the widows of the community and he takes it as a personal mission to win over the icy heart of the recently widowed millionaire Marjorie.  Persistence and a healthy dose of "killing them with kindness" (later killing with bullets) finally gets Bernie into Marjorie's good graces but he soon lives to regret it as the angry millionaire becomes possessive of the helpful man, using his gentle and generous nature to make him her permanent companion and, for the most part, her indentured servant.

Stare at this picture of Shirley MacLaine for 10 seconds...at the 9 second mark
you will go insane.


Marjorie's possessive nature and belittling attitude eventually gets the better of Bernie and he finds himself murdering her and hiding the body.  He tries vainly to live his normal life while living the lie that Marjorie is just sick but, ultimately, his crime is discovered and Bernie is on a one-way drive to the justice system.  But here's the problem:  Despite his crime, everyone in the city loves Bernie so, in order to secure a fair trial, District Attorney Danny Buck (Matthew McConaughey) is forced to move the trial 50 miles away.

WOW...congrats to the filmmakers for making McConaughey kinda/sort of
unattractive.  Women might take a second longer to decide to sleep with him.


This tragicomedy seems like something that shouldn't be made--especially in comedy form--but, you know what, it works.  Documentary elements are thrown in as real life residents of Carthage (and people who knew the real Bernie and Marjorie) are interviewed through the film alongside actors playing roles of people in the real-life events.  The only ones not given the "Confessional" treatment are Bernie and Marjorie.  Instead, we see all their events in your typical storytelling movie way.  This combination of both showing and telling makes for an interesting and engaging movie fill with great characters.

No one told her the camera was on.


Even though the film is sold as a dark comedy, Bernie is never outright hilarious.  The film offers a few chuckles but never did I find myself laughing uproariously.  However, this isn't a bad thing because the story is fantastic and the performances are unbelievable.  Most notably the performance of Jack Black.

Whoever this girl was she was good too...well, at least better than Shia LaBeouf.
Not that such a thing is difficult to achieve.




It's possible when having Black the lead role in a movie that he'll soon wear out his welcome.  Don't get me wrong, I love Jack Black.  Tenacious D rocks and he's a very funny guy but most of his leading roles showcases him as bieng too obnoxious.  I used to believe that Black shined better in supporting roles but his subdued and controlled performance in this film shows his ability to completely emerge himself into a character that doesn't require sarcasm or spastic gestures and it proved to be both refreshing and amazing to sit through.  His performance is so good in this movie that it shows that Black could easily be on the path to evolve into a great dramatic actor.

While his performance is amazing, his mustache deserves special praise as well.
Look at that damn thing!


Incredibly unique and fun to watch, Bernie is one of those special movies that sneaks under the radar of the American movie going public that deserves more press than it received.  While the movie isn't as funny as you might think it could be going into it as it is labeled a comedy, the movie is terrifically well put together as it feels like a documentary and a drama came together to make a movie baby and the stellar performance of Jack Black alone is enough reason to warrant giving this one a chance.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Dictator

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

The Dictator - 4 out of 5

I'm not going to try and give my usual summary of this movie.  Instead, I'm going to give the synopsis the studio gave for this one because it's hilarious and better than anything my feeble mind can come up with...The Dictator is "the heroic story of a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed."

That's is poetry!

That reminds me, I need shorter shorts for when I'm running.


I'm just going to glance over the fact that Ben Kingsley
clearly doesn't care about having a respectable dramatic
career anymore...but we knew that when he did The Love Guru.
I'm a big fan of Sacha Baron Cohen.  Ever since I was first exposed to Da Ali G Show I found a unique--and often offensive--new brand of comedy.  I fell in love with the characters of Ali G, Borat and Bruno and was very excited when each got their own respective movie (although the Ali G one was a big let down).  However, when each film came to its end, I questioned if Cohen could have a career outside his usual format of inserting his eccentric characters into the real world--especially since everyone was wise to his game.  Sure, he got some roles in the likes of Madagascar and Hugo but could a mixing of a scripted comedy and Cohen's familiar comedic stylings come together for The Dictator?

In a word...yes.

Review over.



Why can't this greeting take hold in America?

Just kidding.  While The Dictator is not Sacha Baron Cohen's greatest work (or funniest) it's still a fun movie that pokes fun at vile subjects like disrespecting women, rape, violence, homophobia and racism by presenting it in an ironic way, showcasing it in such an over-the-top manner that you can't help but either be offended by it or laugh your rear end off at it....basically you're usual Sacha Baron Cohen stuff.

So there's a joke in the film that the Dictator sleeps with Megan Fox and gives her
herpes...now you now it's fictional because it would have been HER giving it to HIM.


After an attempt is made on the life of the oppressive dictator of the fictional North African Republic of Wadiya, Admiral General Aladeen is forced to try and stop his vindictive Uncle Tamir (Ben Kingsley) who set up an imposter to bring democracy to the Republic in order for its borders to be opened for oilmen to come and drill, baby, drill.

John C. Reilly's presence in the film is short but one of the most memorable bits.


Aladeen must team together with a hairy aimpit hippie (Anna Faris) and his former head of nuclear weapons (and procurer of women)--who Aladeen thought he had executed--Nadal (Jason Mantzoukas) in an effort to thwart the evil plan of bringing democracy to the people Aladeen loves to oppress.

Even as a dirty hippie, Anna Faris is still very adorable.



At first I was like...
While not as funny as Borat or Bruno, The Dictator offers up a lot of laughs through its offensive humor and sharp satire on current dictators (the film is, amusingly, dedicated to the deceased Kim Jong-il) and American democracy.  Cohen even utilized some of his signature "hidden camera" work as he puts Aladeen on the streets of New York, reminiscent of of what made him popular to begin with.



Then I was like...
Often offensive and very immature, The Dictator isn't to bad.  The story feels short as some strands of story are either left hanging in the wind or are wrapped up within the credits and some gags feel tiresome and tacked on--for example, Aladeen's anti-Semitic attitude is too Borat-like and although it may make Mel Gibson fall in love with the film (the irony, of course, being lost on him) it felt too much like a recycled joke--but overall, the movie is genuinely entertaining.  The character of Aladeen is fantastic and is just as good as his past characters the man has created.  Even being considered one of Cohen's most mediocre attempts at writing, it's still heads and shoulders above 90% of the produced crap comedies Hollywood churns out as for every weak joke this movie has, it has over a dozen of creative, witty and brilliant once going with it.  Which is a better ratio of bad to good jokes that we see in most comedies nowadays.  Mostly what we get today is one weak joke for every weak joke.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Raid: Redemption

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!


The Raid:  Redemption - 5 out of 5

Watch this trailer...



Wasn't that awesome?!?  When I first saw that trailer, I instantly got an action movie erection and grew an action movie vagina that became moist with action movie lubricant.  Did that metaphor gross you out?  If it did, you're not prepared for the level of face punching, knee kicking and neck snapping bad-assery that is the Indonesian action film The Raid:  Redemption.

My childhood games of "Cops and Robbers" would get this serious...
shit was on when I was a child.


In the slums of Jakarata, a seemingly untouchable crime lord named Riyadi hides in an apartment complex where he houses all sorts of criminals, nefarious types and ne'er-do-wells.  A SWAT team becomes organized by Lieutenant Wahyu and is led by Sergeant Jaka (Joe Taslim).  The team gets more than they bargained for when they realize that there was a reason why the complex was untouchable and it seems that this mission wasn't sanctioned by anyone except Lt. Wahyu, so no help is coming.

I'm not sure if the Indonesian police force requires testing on one's ability to take
a machete to the cheek without screaming but there's this point in the movie
where such training would come in handy.


The teams sees themselves being picked off one by one as Riyadi announces to his tenants that anyone who stops the SWAT team gets to live rent free and it becomes a battle for survival for the officers--mainly expecting father and rookie member Rama (Iko Uwais).

Hey, I didn't know that Metallica's guitarist Kirk Hammett was in this!


My expectations were kinda high for this one because the trailer looked so amazing.  As the film starts it moves slowly before some action starts and the bullets fly and the blood gushes.  But even as the first bad guy hits the ground and the nameless good guys' bodies start to pile up in retaliation, the action stops to create tension and drama to the story as the character of Rama finds his estranged brother and discovers that he is the crime lord's right hand man.  Then, just as I question if I'm going to see anymore of the traditional Indonesian martial arts of pencak silat (don't be too impressed with me knowing that because I Googled what art form was used for the movie) and the brakes on the film would be firmly in place for character development and drama, the slamming of fists into jaws, sweeps of kicks to the leg and flinging of bodies start all over again.

"Why you hitting yourself?  Why you hitting yourself?"


I would be lying if I said I saw this movie for anything other than the action.  And once the action gets into full swing--not the foreplay action towards the beginning of the film--I was mucho satisfied.  This ain't your run-of-the-mill action movie you're used to in America.  Only one explosion exists in the film that I can recall and the geriatric arthritic-kneed has been action stars trying vainly to be relevant again by starring in a movie that looks more like a joke you'd see on The Onion's News Network than a legitimate case of being a movie is thankfully missing.  This movie's action is fast pace fists-a-flying with fight choreography that is both awesome to watch and dangerously beautiful in its execution.  Even more amazing is how the camera work doesn't take a back seat to these sequences as it brings you, the viewer, into the action thanks to tight close-ups in the tight corridors and sweeping movements in more open areas that make you feel like you're the beginning of a crowd circling around the combatants about to chant "fight, fight, fight" or like you are in some kind of club watching guys fight...but we won't talk about such a thing.

The point of view of a spider on the ceiling watching the fight...he has the best seats.


The Raid:  Redemption is one of those testosterone stuffed movies that shows and reminds you that a big gun doesn't make a man a bad-ass but his ability to shove another man's nose to the back of his skull with his fist does and it makes you forget you're the world's most un-dateable man who lives in his mother's basement and can't get a job beyond reviewing movies on a blog for peanuts (okay, you might not relate to that last part).

I'm sure he's alright.


I'm not a violent guy but I love violent media.  Watching violent movies, playing violent video games and reading books about severing goblins in half with magical swords are a form of release.  All the frustrations from the day like the teenage girl cutting you off in traffic because texting "OMG" to her "BFF" is more important than my continued existence on this planet or like the time a bird took a shit on my head--while I was indoors!--one needs those small vacations from the horrors of reality and violent media is one of those perfect vacations--one where you get to live vicariously through someone who can actually fight and won't wet himself when struck back (again, probably something you can't relate to).  The Raid is one of those great action films that you can submerge yourself into with a tub of popcorn (that you'll be shoveling into your gullet as the pummeling starts...or maybe that's just me again) and feel your adrenaline start to pump in your blood as the crack of fist into bone starts filling your stereo speakers.

It's always awkward waiting with a stranger for an elevator...especially if the
stranger is bleeding from the face.


In usual American tradition and despite the fact that the movie was released in the U.S., a remake has been put into the works so your typical American doesn't have to read subtitles.  This annoying fact aside, The Raid:  Redemption is a superb action film that looks good while kicking ass at the same time...I suggest you see this one before America fucks it up with a remake that will, most likely, star Jason Statham.

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Three Stooges

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

The Three Stooges - 3 out of 5

When I first watched the trailer for The Three Stooges, I wrote it off as a rental.  Something I didn't have high hopes for but would watch it just to "check it out."  I wasn't going to spend much to watch this one.  The trailer made it look phoned-in and I wasn't about to spend what it cost in the theaters to see it...even the dollar and change from Redbox seemed to be overpaying but I wasn't about to go to jail for pirating The Three Stooges.

Fun note:  The amazing voice actor Billy West coached Sean Hayes to perfect
the Larry voice...and it shows!


After the orphanage they've called home their entire lives in is in danger of being closed down, Moe (Chris Diamantopoulos), Larry (Sean Hayes) and Curly (Will Sasso) set out to raise $830,000.  Within the breaks of finger pokes to the eyes, slaps to the face and nyuck-nyucks, the trio stumble upon a couple (Sofia Vergara and Craig Bierko) who want to fool the boys into murdering Sofia Vergara's character's husband; Teddy (Kirby Heyborne).

There's two things I really like about Sofia Vergara...her eyes.
See what I did there?  You thought I was going to say breasts.
You're a pervert.


Sounds a little heavy for a Three Stooges premise but, shockingly, it works and is delivered in a way that it didn't have any effect on its PG rating.

When the contract killing doesn't pan out, the boys break up and their separation sees Moe join the cast of Jersey Shore while Larry and Curly are left to their own devices to get the money that Mother Superior (Jane Lynch) and the other nuns--including one played by Larry David (that's right Larry David), Jennifer Hudson (and yes, they find an excuse to get her to sing in the movie) and one played by Kate Upton--along with the orphans who so desperately need those greenbacks.  Can the boys put their bickering and battling behind them to get the cash?

Look at the picture...now look at the caption...now back at the picture.
Yeah, the Old Spice dude is in this movie.
I'm on a horse.


Like I said, when I watched the trailer, I wrote the film off but, shockingly (another shock!), I didn't hate this one.  It actually made me laugh and showed a great deal of resepct to the beloved bumbling boys.

Wait...that's nuns' swimwear?!?  I think I have to reevaluate this whole atheist thing.


Originally, Benicio Del Toro, Sean Penn and Jim Carrey were attached to play Moe, Larry and Curly respectively but all dropped out for various reasons and were replaced with Diamantopoulos, Hayes and Sasso.  No disrespect to these men but when the A-listers walked out and these guys came in, the movie began to look like a Direct-to-DVD release.  However, for this doubt, I must put a beating on me because Diamantopoulos, Hayes and Sasso were incredible.

That nun looks familiar...prett-ay...prett-ay...familiar.


The Three Stooges has its fair share of problems--the biggest being the obvious pandering to the youth of today by including the "flash in a pan" beings that compromise Jersey Shore (seriously, in ten years is anyone going to remember who the hell Snooki was?)--but the strongest aspect this movie had working for it was the guys' dead on portrayal of the Stooges.

The inclusion of Snooki only hurt this film...and possibly gave it herpes.


At no point did it feel like I was watching actors doing impersonations of Moe, Larry and Curly but rather it seemed like the actual Moe, Larry and Curly were back.  In fact, the sounds of their voices, their appearance, and their body language was so dead-on it was scary.

Seriously...if I was high, I would have thought the Stooges rose from the grave...
then I would have got scared because the dead were rising.


I didn't actually predict it but I found myself laughing quite a bit in this one.  The slapstick, the process of making the film look like three separate Stooges shorts (complete with title cards) and using camera effects that were synonymous with the heydays of the Stooges era created a fun film that not only felt authentic to the spirit of the Stooges but was filled with nostalgia for a more innocent time for comedy.  The movie is far from perfect and some of the family-friendly slapfest sequences get old quick (although other times the choreography involved in them is down right awesome) and seeing JWoww and the other orange rejects added was wholly unnecessary and took away from the Stooges (it was like the studio had no faith in the project and decided to sell out to the lowest common denominator and wouldn't allow the possibility of letting it fail on its own without the help of The Situation--although it was nice to see Moe beat the crap out of them) but the movie offers up some genuinely funny moments.  The movie isn't great but it could have been very easy to make this movie horrible but the fact it wasn't a complete waste was pretty nice.