Saturday, June 20, 2009

Box Office Review - Year One

I can’t blame any of the people involved in this movie (except for one person) for wanting to do the film. It must have seemed like a good idea when the project was just getting started. A film set in ancient times directed by Harold Ramis and starring Jack Black, Michael Cera, David Cross, Hank Azaria, Oliver Platt, Juno Temple, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse with Judd Apatow throwing his name on it as a producer. On paper this must have looked very good. The problem is the story is not good. It is basically non-existent, so the film feels like a bunch of bad SNL skits about biblical times edited into a feature film. With this many solid comedic actors working together one would think that some laughs would be provided, but everything fell flat. I blame director Ramis for this. It felt like the actors were told to just do their thing and that was the extent of the direction. I find that with Black and Cera the better the director the better their performances. The film is very bland and unfunny. None of the biblical humour was very smart and the film was mostly a series of gross out gags. One thing that I though half way through the movie is that this is the first time that Michael Cera and David Cross have been in anything together since Arrested Development. That show has more laughs in fifteen minutes of any given episode than does this entire film.

A Banana Peel

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