The Big Wedding

I love all of the actors who were in “The Big Wedding”, but this is the worst screw-ball comedy I have ever seen in my life.

“The Big Wedding” is about a modern Dysfunctional family with grown children attempts to survive a weekend as a normal family hosting a wedding and reception.

A divorced couple Don and Ellie Griffin (DeNiro and Keaton) are placed in an awkward position when they need to “Fake” that they are still married for the benefit of their adopted son’s wedding when they find out that his conservative biological Mother decides at the last minute to fly across the country to attend the wedding. The story unfolds from there…

The movie is hilarious and stupid at the same time. There are at least 5 stories going on simultaneously in the movie. Each family member has his or her own drama that unfolds during this particular weekend.

The movie is crass and crude to say the least. The characters are never fully developed and that’s what makes the movie difficult to watch. I am disappointed I expected better.

“The Big Wedding” was originally scheduled to open in late 2012. The delay until April 2013 did not help it.
I would not spend any money seeing “The Big Wedding” unless you are bored and have nothing else to do. Wait for Blue Ray, DVD or Cable.

Pain & Gain

“Pain & Gain” is based on a true story about three guys who are tired of the poor life and are looking for a fast way to get rich.
Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) is a regular bodybuilder and personal trainer at a Florida Gym called the “Sun Gym” along with his friend Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie). They both concoct a plan to kidnap and extort money from a gym member Victor Kershaw (Tony Shalhoub) who is a rich business man.
Along the way Daniel and Adrian convince a recently paroled convict Paul Doyle (Dwayne Johnson) to help them. They became “The Sun Gym Gang”. They successfully get Kershaw to sign over all of his holdings and money, but when Kershaw survives their murder attempt on him, he convinces investigator Ed Du Bois (Ed Harris) to try and get his money and property back. The story unfolds from there…
I found it very hard to believe that this story was true. It’s such a hare-brained scheme. Some of the events seemed impossible to pull off.
There is a tremendous amount of crude sexuality, nudity and profane language used in the movie.
There are some really funny parts where you will be laughing out loud at them, but not with them. There are too many plot wrinkles. Too much graphic violence and the saga is just plain dizzy.
If you are familiar with this story then by all means do see “Pain & Gain” otherwise wait for it on DVD, Blue Ray or Cable.

Oblivion

“Oblivion” is about the battle for control of a post-nuclear earth. The movie is visually appealing, but that’s about it.
It’s the year 2077 and all is not right with the world, in-fact the world as we know it no longer exists.
Tom Cruise plays Jack Harper a security repairman who goes out daily to find and repair Droids who actually kill humans, but Jack is safe from the Droids because he works for the company that controls them.
Jack only has 2 weeks left until his mission is complete and he can join other surviving humans on a far away colony.
Everything changes when Jack rescues a survivor (Olga Kurylenko) from a downed spacecraft; this survivor triggers memories of things past. Jack finds himself in a battle to save mankind. The story unfolds from there…
As I mentioned earlier, “Oblivion” is visually appealing. The Cinematography is breath-taking. The story and plot are disjointed. Things are confusing from the start. The movie in its entirety is dull.
“Oblivion” is best served via Blue Ray, DVD or Cable.

42

“42” is the story of two men; The Great Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) and the Legendary General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers Branch Ricky (Harrison Ford)
Branch Ricky decided to take a grand stance on racism and prejudice by changing the game of baseball and hoping it would change the world.
In 1946 Branch decided to go after and get a man of color to join the Brooklyn Dodgers in Spring Training. He had been following the “Negro Leagues” and had an idea of the caliber of players that played. He sought after Jackie Robinson. Once he convinced Jackie Robinson to sign with the team for Spring Training, this signing put Ricky and Robinson in the line of fire with the media as well as the “Color Line” in Baseball and the World. The story unfolds from there…
“4 Stars” for “42”; Harrison Ford was masterful as Branch Ricky. From what I know of Jackie Robinson’s character I would say that Chadwick Boseman did an excellent job of portraying Jackie Robinson. The movie is very insightful, entertaining and educational. You don’t have to be a Baseball fan to see or like “42”, but it helps if you understand the game a little bit.
You will also learn a lot about Jackie Robinson as a man. He had great patience and courage.
“42” is a definite “Must See”.