As the credits rolled, I exited This Means War thinking “what a depressing piece of garbage,” even as I realized that a summation like that might not be completely fair. The film, directed by McG, does have some good scenes featuring Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, Reese Witherspoon and Chelsea Handler. There are times when Pine and Hardy have some great, genuine chemistry. More than once, I laughed loud enough that I can never claim the movie is not funny.
With a little bit of tweaking, This Means War could be a pretty cutting vision of a certain cavalier type of romantic relationship. Without a lot of work it could even be the best gay romance action movie we’ve ever seen.
But I’m not the film’s editor, and I can’t reshape it, and This Means War is not those things. Despite the occasional explosion of chemistry, it is a tremendously cynical enterprise. It is also a flat and cheap-looking movie, though that’s more a passing observation than a deep criticism; there are plenty of cheap-looking movies for which I’d go to bat. I will not, however, go to bat for McG’s weird action romcom. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 by Angie Han
With just days to go until This Means War was scheduled to hit theaters, Fox has shifted its release date yet again. Less last-minute is Summit’s announcement of a fall release date for Alex Cross (formerly I, Alex Cross), which sees Tyler Perry ditching the Madea costume for once. But the biggest piece of news, which remains unconfirmed at the moment, is a possible 2013 release date for The Wolverine. Hit the jump for details on all three pictures. (Update: Fox just confirmed with us that the release date for The Wolverine is legit.)
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It takes a gutsy filmmaker — and, perhaps more to the point, a gutsy studio — to emulate the strange release of the 1985 film Clue. When originally released, Clue went out with three different endings, and audiences didn’t know which one they were going to see. (There’s also a reported fourth ending, but that’s a topic for another post.) The endings were collected for the home video release, and most people have seen the edit of Clue where each possible ending is played in succession.
McG has just finished This Means War, the film in which Tom Hardy and Chris Pine play best friends and fellow CIA operatives who discover they’re both dating the same woman, played by Reese Witherspoon. It’s a big, weird romcom, essentially, and as such might not be the most serious movie around. And so at one stage of development, the idea of doing Clue-style multiple endings was thrown around. No real spoilers follow, but if you don’t want to know anything at all about how this movie might end, beware what lies below the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 by Angie Han
An obnoxious first trailer generally isn’t a good sign for a movie, and after that first one hit I would’ve been perfectly content to see no more of McG‘s romantic action comedy This Means War. But nine (non-consecutive) minutes of the film have just been released, and surprisingly, they actually look better than the two or so we’ve already seen.
Chris Pine and Tom Hardy star as best friends and CIA colleagues who find their bond tested when they fall for the same woman (Reese Witherspoon). Naturally, rather than talking things out like reasonable adults, the guys use their government hookups to stalk the object of their affections and sabotage each other. Watch the new footage after the jump.
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The star power that came out in defense of the West Memphis Three was remarkable and now there’s added juice behind an eventual dramatic film version. Oscar-winner Colin Firth has just joined previously cast Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon in Devil’s Knot, the first narrative feature (after several documentaries) concerning the complicated yet fascinating subject of the West Memphis Three. It’ll be directed by Atom Egoyan and is based on the non-fiction book by Mara Leveritt.
Firth will play Ron Lax, a private investigator who was instrumental in finding key evidence that raised considerable doubt as to the guilt of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley. Witherspoon will play Pam Hobbs, the mother of victim Steven Branch and the wife of the man believed to have committed the crimes. There’s more after the jump. Read More »
Briefly: It is probably shallow to become more interested in a movie when the rating is R rather than PG-13. But then, the action/comedy/romance This Means War looks fairly shallow, so my slightly elevated interest in the movie might be a perfect match for it. The film stars Chris Pine and Tom Hardy as best friends who are also partners in the CIA. But their friendship is torn asunder when they fall for the same woman, played by Reese Witherspoon.
While Fox was hoping to get the film on screens with a PG-13 rating, the MPAA gave it an R, and upon appeal the board upheld the rating. Why is the film R? Does Chris Pine’s head explode? Nope — it is just R for “some sexual content.” Oh, that repressed MPAA! I can’t imagine the sex in the movie being all that crazy, but we’ll see what the story really is when the film is released on Tuesday, February 14. Or, the Valentine’s Day release was the plan; now that the film will go out with an R, perhaps it will be pushed back tpo the 17th once again.
UPDATE: Deadline now reports that “a couple of racy jokes” were cut, and the film was granted a PG-13 rating.
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Posted on Monday, January 23rd, 2012 by Angie Han
Considering that each of them has done their fair share of bland romantic comedies, it’s a little surprising that Ryan Reynolds and Reese Witherspoon have never starred together. But the two are set to collaborate at last in Big Eyes, an art biopic that’s decidedly not a romcom.
Produced by Tim Burton, the film centers around married couple Margaret and Walter Keane. Walter seemed to hit it big in the ’50s and ’60s when his art became hugely popular, but became the subject of scandal when the couple divorced and it was revealed in court that it was actually Margaret who’d painted all the pictures. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, January 19th, 2012 by Angie Han
Briefly: Figured out your Valentine’s Day plans yet? Well, here’s one idea for you. Fox has moved McG‘s romantic action-comedy This Means War from Friday, February 17 to Tuesday, February 14. The film stars Chris Pine and Tom Hardy as a pair of best friends and CIA partners whose relationship torn apart when they fall for the same woman (Reese Witherspoon). It doesn’t strike me as the most romantic premise in the world — actually, it kind of sounds like all three of them are being assholes — but between Witherspoon’s chick flick pedigree and the promise of Captain Kirk and Bane running around with high-tech weapons, I suppose the movie’s date night appeal is obvious.
This Means War is the only movie currently scheduled to open on the 14th, but it’ll be up against the previous weekend’s films including The Vow, Safe House, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, and the 3D rerelease of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance and Studio Ghibli’s The Secret World of Arrietty will hit theaters three days later, on the 17th.
Relive the magic of the first This Means War trailer after the jump, and let us know which of these films you’ll be taking your date to when the holiday rolls around.
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