Wednesday, May 03, 2006

"Failure to Launch"

Went to out last night to watch "Failure to Launch" (Sort of to celebrate MH's birthday).

It's a romantic comedy. I was sadly a bit disappointed. I expected more from Matthew McConaughey... especially after his hilarious performance in "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days".

There are funny moments in the movie... and I did spout some genuine laughs (but no side-splitters). The problem for me was I think that the movie is just a wannabe... it lacked some of it's own originality... somewhat bland... predictable plot and all.

For one thing... the story started out very well, with a good potrayal of McConaughey's self-centred character, his parents' resignment to their failure to "launch" their son to independence, and introduction of his funny buddies. But then halfway through the movie, I felt I was being rushed through the scenes... as if the director was saying "okay, see this? yup, and this? got it? here's the conclusion, tadaa."

Another thing was the mini-themes in the movie... there was one theme about McConaughey's character being unnatural as he was still dependent on his parents and so was rejected by nature... hence all the animals he encountered had to attack him to demonstrate their rejection of him. It's a great idea, really. But at the end of it... I just say "uh huh... I understand what you're trying to say, but it just doesn't grab me".

It's not all bad though. Like I said, there are laughs in the movie. Sarah Jessica Parker is okay... not great, but nice. And the romantic development of Zooey Deschanel's character is especially funny to watch. I would recommend it for a night when you are just feeling brain-dead, and you just need some light-hearted entertainment and don't want to waste energy twisting your brain in some deep, dark, mystery movie.

3.5 stars (out of 5) from me.

Looking forward to catching M:I:3 and DaVinci Code.

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