Director: David Gordon Green
Writer: Ben Best and Danny McBride
Cast: Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel.
The average viewer will find this unamusing. Period. While a conscience may twinge, a bad rap must be given to the first-time movie writer Danny McBride; it is in his (and the audience’s) best interests if he sticks to acting. The audience may actually wonder how this Monty Python wanna-be made it on the screen at all. One would ask that Danny McBride keeps his Sims Medieval fantasies to himself.
Bad accents, while forgivable when there is actual substance to the film, are not easy to overlook here. What makes this film worse is the acclaimed actors and actresses all miss any kind of muster with accents that they have succeeded in previous roles and with characters that should come with ease. It fails to be funny in any sense and results in drawn out, pointless scenes. Viewers will wonder who actually directed this movie— is Danny McBride leading this ill-fated troop with his hideous acting and accent? Everything falls flat, unless the audience prefers to see sweeping landscapes and passable effects that manage to get boring in the first scene they appear in. The nudity is pointless in this movie and may actually cause cringes for its lack of creativity and glaring obviousness. Even as a parody of anything, it falls short. Epic? Yes, an epic failure.
The viewer will actually be begging for a catastrophe just to end the run-around-get-nowhere dialogue scenes. The two funniest lines are delivered by the narrator (only used once) and the villain, generating forced chuckles in hopes of actual dialogue that never appears. The plot is obvious from a mile away, making even a good film with actual characters slow, but it comes across here as copied from various classics. This ‘movie’ will feel like a rip off and that’s because it is one. The writing clearly harbors an unhealthy fetish for Yoda and/or the Muppets, with mentions of child molestation and drug use.
The viewer will only cheer the end of this movie because the anguish is over and may find themselves actually annoyed by the main character who doesn’t lead the audience anywhere, despite having technically ‘won the day’ and the girl.
This movie, written while tripping, was perhaps intended to only be viewed under similar conditions, despite any different tastes in humor the audience members may have.
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