Cinema Review: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

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DIR: Cody Cameron, Kris Pearn • WRI: John Francis Daley, Erica Rivinoja , Jonathan M. Goldstein  PRO: Kirk Bodyfelt  ED: Robert Fisher Jr., Stan Webb DES: Robert Fisher Jr., Stan Webb CAST: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, Terry Crews, Andy Samberg, Neil Patrick Harris, Al Pacino

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is a comedy/adventure for all ages. Featuring Flint Lockwood, Sam Sparks and all of their friends

Flint Lockwood, who lives in Swallow Falls, gets invited to California by his hero scientist Chester V to join the live Corp company where they have the best inventors in the world.

Chester then sends Flint and his friends to go on a dangerous mission to stop a food-making machine Flint had made back at Swallow Falls

I like the animation and the characters and I loved when there was a leak (leek!) in the boat. The script was well written and the music was good as well and even my mum enjoyed it.

In my opinion the film was on for a reasonable amount of time and thought it was very funny and well written although you would really need to see the first one to understand the second one a little more.

Overall it was very enjoyable.

 Deabhan Murray

Aged 10

G (See IFCO for details)

92 mins

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is released on 25th October 2013

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 – Official Website

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2YsOtCL6c8

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Cinema Review: I Give It a Year

 

DIR/WRI: Dan Mazer PRO: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Kris
Thykier DOP: Ben Davis ED: Tony Cranstoun DES: Simon Elliott Cast:
Rafe Spall, Rose Byrne, Anna Faris, Simon Baker, Jason Flemyng, Olivia
Colman, Stephen Merchant, Minnie Driver

A frequent collaborator of Sacha Baron Cohen (who can currently be
seen flexing his musical muscles in the awards-laden Les Miserables),
Dan Mazer forged his reputation as a producer/writer in both
television and film, with his crowning moment to date being his
Oscar-nominated work on the screenplay for Borat: Cultural Learnings
of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, which went
down a storm upon its release Stateside.

He has previously worked on the small screen as a director of certain
segments of Da Ali G Show, as well as the Zach Galifianakis-starring
Dog Bites Man, but I Give It a Year marks his first foray into silver
screen helming.

Featuring an instantly recognisable cast of British and overseas
talent, I Give It a Year focuses on Rafe Spall and Rose Byrne’s
newlywed couple, who find themselves in a real bind just nine months
into their marriage. Mostly told in a series of flashbacks with Olivia
Colman’s marital counselor, we witness the ups and downs of this
initially happy union, and how they are affected by their specific
circumstances.

On hand to complicate the equation are Spall’s former flame Anna
Faris, who has returned from her charitable endeavours overseas, and
the roguishly charming Simon Baker, who is more than willing to mix
business with pleasure in his dealings with Byrne.

Aiming to become a breakaway British comedy success, like Bridget
Jones’s Diary and Four Weddings and a Funeral before it, I Give It a
Year is a somewhat uneven comedy, which sometimes tries too hard to
keep the laughter ratio on the right track, but nevertheless has
enough moments to sustain its relatively slender running time.

Key to the film’s sustainability are some fine supporting performances
from reliable faces like Jason Flemyng, Stephen Merchant and Minnie
Driver, the latter of whom is enjoying a mini-revival on the strength
of roles in the Conviction, Barney’s Version and the underrated Hunky
Dory.

Her part is that of the bride’s best friend, which so often comes
across as stereotypical or caricatured, but thanks to the chemistry
between Driver and on-screen husband Flemyng, she helps to conjure up
some of the film’s biggest laughs.

Merchant is also entertaining, if a little underused (much like The
Farrelly Brothers’ Hall Pass) as Spall’s best man, while Colman
displays the comic chops that she honed in Hot Fuzz and Peep Show
before winning widespread acclaim for her extraordinary performance in
Paddy Considine’s Tyrannosaur.

In terms of the four-way romance at the heart of the film, the
Spall-Faris thread is more effective, as it is easier to symphatise
with with the husband’s predicament, given the warm history that he
shares with his former partner. Byrne, who showed in Get Him to the
Greek and Bridesmaids that she can be a dab hand at comedy, suffers
more when it comes to characterisation, though she does her level best
to make it work, as does Baker, her fellow Aussie co-star.

Spall, who is starting to step away from the shadow of his
highly-respected father Timothy, is a very engaging male lead, while
Faris (who is so often let down by the script in her chosen projects)
is as likeable as ever.

A neat twist on the standard rom-com finale aside, there is little
here that you won’t have seen before, and the jokes are quite often
‘hit and miss’, but Mazer’s film has more than enough going for it to
keep audiences onside.

Daire Walsh

16 (see IFCO website for details)

97 mins

I Give It a Year is released on 8th February 2013

I Give It a Year – Official Website

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Cinema Review: What’s Your Number

The ol' shock at waking-up-under-a-table syndrome

 

DIR: Mark Mylod • WRI: Gabrielle Allan, Jennifer Crittenden, Karyn Bosnak • PRO: Kathy Busby, Gitty Daneshvari, Beau Flynn, Daryl Freimark, Jordana Glick-Franzheim, Tripp Vinson• DOP: J. Michael Muro • ED: Julie Monroe • DES: Jon Billington • CAST: Anna Faris, Chris Evans, Ari Graynor

What’s Your Number is a thought-provoking dramedy, which pokes gentle fun at modern-day dating rituals and gender roles, with its distinctive, dry and offbeat wit. Not! It’s actually a bog-standard Hollywood Romantic Comedy starring Scary Movie’s Anna Faris and one quarter of the Fantastic Four (not to be confused with former Channel 4 presenter), Chris Evans.

Boston local, Ally Darling (Faris) finds herself unemployed, single and desperate, as her younger sister’s wedding fast approaches. After reading in a magazine that women can’t find a husband after they’ve slept with over 20 men – which is conveniently enough her own ‘magic number’ – she decides to scour her exes for a potential Mr. Right. She enlists the help of her devilishly handsome neighbour, Colin (Evans), and together the good-looking pair begin the search for everyone Ally’s ever hooked up with.

For the fans of TV sitcoms there are some great comedic performances and familiar faces dappled among the exes; some of the highlights include Community’s Joel McHale, The Office star Chris Pratt, and even Andy Samberg got off his Lonely Planet boat for a quick cameo.

Surprisingly Chris Evans manages to bring some genuine warmth to a barely-likeable character; meanwhile Anna Faris stays in zany mode throughout the whole film. This admittedly at times can be amusing, but is mostly just grating, much like a cute but highly-strung poodle that keeps pooping all over a new carpet. Also, judging from her acting in the toast scene, Anna has apparently never seen an actual real-life drunk person.

The overall premise although chauvinistic, is executed fairly well considering its ridiculousness. The tone of the film is all over the place; hopping from sentimental to just plain mental at the drop of a hat; but somehow still manages to tick all the boxes – it’s entertaining, humorous and goes to the odd surprising place now and again. While What’s Your Number will never be analysed in the Leaving Cert for subtext, it’s a bit of fun and does exactly what it says on the tin.

Gemma Creagh

Rated 15A (see IFCO website for details)
What’s Your Number is released on 30th September 2011

What’s Your Number – Official Website

Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9stplJF1ek

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