So it's been a while, I know, but it's New Year's Eve and I just finally got the chance to sit down for a movie. There are a few interesting titles out right now - I Am Legend, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, and Juno, all of which I am excited to see - but my boyfriend and I decided that we needed to watch a great new comedy.
We did not watch a great new comedy.
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story stars an amazing lineup with John C. Reilly; Jenna Fischer; Kristin Wiig; Tim Meadows; Chris Parnell; David Krumholtz; Harold Ramis; Frankie Muniz (as Buddy Holly); Jack White (from The White Stripes, as Elvis); The Temptations; Jewel Kilcher; Ghostface Killah; Lyle Lovett; Jackson Browne; Justin Long; Paul Rudd; Jason Shwartzman; Jack Black; and a special appearance by Jonah Hill.
You would think that with such an incredible cast, the plot would present something entertaining. While it was unique in story, it was not unique in its overall quality, which was poor (much like many other movies that have recently been released).
WARNING! This review contains PLOT SPOILERS! Do NOT read on if you get upset when parts of movies are given away before you see them.
Dewey Cox is not unlike many other children in most ways: he dreams, laughs, and plays with his musical prodigy-brother, Nate, - that is, until he cuts Nate in half with a machete. But it is this strange and unfortunate mishap that helps Dewey discover the Blues. His father disowns him, forcing Dewey out of the house at age 14 when his music gets the town in uproar at a talent show. Dewey vowed he wouldn't need anyone or anything but his music, but it isn't until his early seventies that he learns that family is the one thing he truly needs.
Cute story - check.
Sexual innuendos - check.
Great laughs and non-stop chuckles - unfortunately not. Although it included many of the same actors, Walk Hard didn't bring the entertainment that movies like Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, or Superbad did. I was expecting much more from such a highly-reviewed film.
Wait until this one comes out and rent it for $4. Or you can just check sites like http://www.movieforumz.com/ and watch it for free - but you didn't hear it from me.
Despite my lack of faith in the movie industry these days, there are some other movies I am excited to see soon: The Eye looks interesting, as do One Missed Call and Cloverfield, and of course, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Oh, Johnny Depp.