Watson Reviews ’22 Jump Street’

Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller Writers: Michael Bacall, Oren Uziel, Rodney Rothman Studios: Columbia Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Media Rights Capital, Original Film, Lord Miller Productions Cast: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Peter Stormare, Ice Cube Release Date (UK): June 6, 2014 Certificate: 15 Runtime: 112 min

“Everybody knows the sequel’s never quite as good,” sang Kermit the Frog earlier this year in the rib-ticklingly self-deprecating opening musical number of “Muppets Most Wanted,” a sequel which, as fate would have it, was indeed not quite as good as its fantastic predecessor. It seems Kermit may have sung too soon: “22 Jump Street,” a sequel which shares the same ironically mocking attitude towards the concept of sequels as “Muppets Most Wanted,” is every bit as good as “21 Jump Street,” if not even better. And as anyone who saw Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s spectacularly funny 2012 action comedy will agree, that’s a damn impressive feat. Matching the first film’s gut-busting laugh-a-minute hit rate as well as its boisterous energy and subversive wit, it’s a more than worthy follow-up to that comedy tour de force, and may well be the greatest comedy sequel of all time. (CONTINUE READING…)

HotDog9(9 Outta 10)

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Watson Reviews ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

Director: Doug Liman Writers: Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson Release Date (UK): May 30, 2014 Certificate: 12A Runtime: 113min

“Edge of Tomorrow” might just be the greatest video game movie ever made. Only, it’s not actually based on a video game, thank God — in actual fact, it’s based on a novel, 2004’s “All You Need is Kill,” penned by Japanese writer Hiroshi Sakurazaka. What I mean is, it’s a film which takes on the structure of a video game, thanks to a premise which has Tom Cruise respawning over and over again like a video game character against the war-torn backdrop of an alien invasion. Cruise plays William Cage, a cowardly army major and PR specialist who to his horror is thrust into the battlefield when Earth is invaded by militarised extraterrestrial beasties. Killed by the enemy, he awakens the previous day, finding himself stuck in a time-loop where he must fight the exact same battle day after day until the battle is won. (CONTINUE READING…)

HotDog8(8 Outta 10)

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Watson Reviews: A Million Ways to Die in the West

Director: Seth MacFarlane Writers: Seth MacFarlane, Alec Sulkin, Wellesley Wild Studios: Universal Pictures, Media Rights Capital, Fuzzy Door Productions, Bluegrass Films Cast: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Neil Patrick Harris, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman, Liam Neeson Release Date (UK): May 30, 2014 Certificate: 15 Runtime: 116 min

“A Million Ways to Die in the West” comes from Seth MacFarlane, the creator of “Family Guy,” an animated show which runs for 22 minutes. Which is funny, because in “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” there’s maybe about 22 minutes of good material. The rest of the film, i.e. the other hour and a half, is filler, and slow-moving filler at that. I find that weird: “Family Guy” is known for being hectic and wild and crazy, yet “A Million Ways to Die in the West” moves along at a snail’s pace. Maybe MacFarlane needs to hire a new editor. Then again, maybe the film feels so slow because those 22 minutes are being stretched far beyond their limitations. (Continue READING…)

HotDog4(4 Outta 10)