Twins – 2 out of 5
Occasionally I like to revisit some of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s more comedic works from the late 80s and early 90s. Now that I’m older and less jaded about movies and entertainment, I can watch them for what they are rather than watch them as a movie snob who thinks anything popular is beneath me. I used to think his comedies were awful but, watching them in my late 30s, I realize there is a purity to them that makes them entertaining and I can see that Arnold is truly enjoying himself in the features and that enthusiasm would hit me as I re-watched these features. Recently, I decided to check out his first jump into the world of comedy; Twins, and I wasn’t as enamored with it as I was with other comedies I checked out.
|They've come for our Double Mint gum!!!|
|Anyone else wanna see the big one choke slam the|
little one through a table?
Julius (Schwarzenegger) and Vincent Benedict (Danny DeVito) are a pair of unlikely twins who were the product of a secret genetics experiment. After the successful birth, they were separated and Julius went on to be raised in an island in the South Pacific and Vincent became a bit of a criminal and scam artist. One day, Julius learns the truth about his birth and sets out to Los Angeles to meet his twin. Vincent is naturally hesitant but the two soon come together and decided to try and find their mother. Unfortunately, one of Vincent’s crimes comes back to bite them in the behind as he steals an experimental car wanted by a wealthy industrialist that is worth millions and a man named Mr. Webster (Marshall Bell) aims to retrieve the car and collect the money…and kill anyone who gets in his way.
|Anyone else wanna see the big one choke slam the little one through a table?|
The feeling just won't go away!
Twins is a pretty harmless action/comedy/drama. The story definitely works for a comedic result and is even effective for the more dramatic moments and the performances are genuinely endearing. This is Arnold’s first foray into the world of humor (pithy one-liners aside) and there is an honesty and a very genuine approach he brings to the character of Julius. While I won’t argue he isn’t a touch clunky, there is this beautiful innocence he brings to the role and does a great job of being a fish out of water and a brother who genuinely wants to connect with this sibling he has never known. DeVito is, as usual, being terrific as that loveable scumbag and, together, they have this great chemistry that feels very natural and very amusing. Sadly, though, this one didn’t improve during my revisit like other films have and it is mostly due to how the genres don’t feel like they are mixing very well.
|Now imagine this movie but DeVito is playing Frank from It's Always Sunny.|
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The story is trying to be a comedy and a drama with a dash of action thrown in during the final act. This is fine in theory and there are plenty example of action dramedies in the world. Sadly though, Twins can't quite make all these genres mix together very well without it feeling compartmentalized. There are the scenes that are clearly the comedy moments, then there are the scenes that are clearly the drama moments and then there’s the parts that are about the action because you can't have the jacked Schwarzenegger without action. While the transition from genre tone to genre tone isn’t staggering or jarring in any way, they aren’t totally seamlessly either and there is a noticeable shift in atmosphere. This isn’t a complete killer for the film and didn’t make the experience tedious or aggravating but it does keep the movie from being as entertaining or engaging as it could have been.
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Twins has some decent aspects to it that make it an okay watch. I really like the cast and the concept is a fun idea. Sadly, it just didn’t have the hooks to really grab me and keep me and a lot of this is due to genres that didn’t feel very blended together. It’s not a terrible watch despite what some jaded individuals might think when it concerns a comedy with Arnold Schwarzenegger but it definitely wasn’t as fun to me as his later comedies will become.