When good movie premises go bad
July 20, 2008 by Niksmom
…or why you shouldn’t waste your time on this one!
*Sigh* It sounded so promising.
A comedy about a hunky detective (played by Joseph Fiennes
) —albeit somewhat of a poorly written cross between Columbo
— who is obsessed with investigating the Darwin Awards
and figuring out why people do these incredibly stupid— usually fatal— things. The script could have practically written itself—and, perhaps, should have
Throw in some cheesy gimmicks, really stilted dialogue, a foul-mouthed and over-the-top adversary played by Winona Ryder
(not her finest work here), and you have such wasted comedic potential
All that said, it was nice to simply sit and BE together with Niksdad, watching a movie after a long day. Kind of like drinking MD20/20
or Boone’s Farm
instead of the good stuff when you don’t really care about the taste; you just want to get buzzed. (Um, for the sake of
clarity here, I have not had either of those fine, fine beverages in about twenty years!)
Now, if you want to imagine this movie all spruced up —dialogue a bit snappier, main characters recast with, say, Steve Carell
and Anne Hathaway
? (Say what you will about Get Smart
;” these two do have some pretty good comedic chemistry!) I might enjoy that one.
But this one? Better to simply go here
for a good read.