Technically, I could have squeezed three reviews into this post. But that would have made this one a tad too long. Then the dozen people that actually still read this blog would have gotten turned off. We certainly don't want that. So I'm keeping this one confined to a quick review on two films I saw a while ago that I'm just now getting around to. As usual, you can blame XL-Images on the delay. To be honest, I wouldn't mind more delays like that. There haven't been enough of them since relocating to Texas. That's another post altogether though. Anyways...
I would have never seen this movie based off the couple of trailers that I initially saw. It looked like nothing more than an under-glorified version of the much better done (and higher budgeted) "The Strangers". The one thing that this had going for it was I didn't particularly like the ending of "Strangers". Would this ripoff get it right? And would it perhaps surprise me all around since it was getting rave reviews (according to commercials for the movie) calling it "Absolutely horrifying!" In short...not so much.
I will give them credit for doing an excellent job of starting it off with a bang with a great opening murder sequence. Unfortunately, that was probably the only thing this joint had going for it. The acting from WAY too many for the main characters was horrendous. Like the dad supposedly being so distraught over his wife getting killed that he breaks down bawling yet not shedding a single year. The acting was so bad that it got to the point that I was looking forward to folks getting killed off. Just so they could stop torturing us.
The plot of "You're Next" wasn't too predictable. If you were five-years-old. Even I was able to finger the culprits behind the murders not even 15 minutes into it. Okay...maybe it took about 20. However long it was, it was still too transparent. And it was about the furthest thing from "horrifying" that you could get. It turns out that this was an indie flick that somehow got major studio funding expecting us to accept the cheesiness for a legitimate horror film. I've even seen indies done better. This one could have easily waited for cable.
My rating: D
We're the Millers
Jason Sudekis has finally gotten to the point where I know him by name instead of just "that one funny guy from SNL". Even though I still need to double check on how to spell his name. But just the fact that he has that name recognition with me now is proof of the fact of how I reliable he has now gotten with putting out good products. Seeing this one wasn't entirely a no-brainer, but his involvement certainly helped the decision.
I probably shouldn't waste one paragraph alone on Jennifer Aniston in what will turn out to be an abbreviated review. However, her performance here really deserves it. Does she yet have it takes to be funny off a "Friends" set? Well she displayed as much in "Horrible Bosses". She did it a little bit here. What she did more than anything else was show us that she's taking pretty dang good care of herself at 44-years-old.
The best parts of this movie were easily the ones you see in the trailers. With the exception of one involving a spider bite where one of the funniest lines from the previews was inexplicably cut from the actual movie. There are still a few good laughs here and there though. Thanks mostly to a pretty good cast surrounding Sudekis and Aniston. Especially my man Nick Offerman of "Parks and Rec" fame. And Ed Helms being consistent as usual. Although the trite road trip formula doesn't get refreshed much here, it at least has moments where it is refreshingly amusing.
My rating: C+