31 January 2013
MOVIE 43- Review
Movie 43 is not, as the hastily re-shot framing device would have it, a film that's sought out by a bunch of stupid kids, for being the most controversial and offensive movie on the internet. It's neither as controversial, nor as offensive as any of the talents involved believe that it is, as a spin on the sketch format that was formerly used in films such as Kentucky Fried Movie or Amazon Women On The Moon. I was most of the way through a list called "43 Reasons To Avoid Movie 43", but decided against it. This movie doesn't deserve it.
You don't have to review films for as long as I have to realise that there's no bad film worse than a bad comedy. If a horror film doesn't scare you, it might be because you've braced yourself in advance. If a sci-fi film doesn't dazzle you, it might be because there's a whole bunch of genre intertextuality that makes it difficult to bring anything original to the table, especially if your movie is John Carter. If a romantic film doesn't move you, it might because Katherine Heigl is in it. But you expect to laugh at comedies, and if they fail to elicit that response, that's unforgivable.
Peter Farrelly is one of the driving forces behind this movie, which includes skits by lots of different Hollywood directors, including James Gunn and Brett Ratner. In August last year, I reviewed The Three Stooges, directed by Farrelly and his brother, Bobby, and said that it was a shame how too few directors were doing live-action comedies aimed squarely at kids. With Movie 43, Farrelly is back to playing up the juvenile humour for older viewers, and it's a real shame. The endless onslaught of gross-out jokes is beneath the filmmaker who gave us the well-judged slapstick of Stooges just a few months ago.
Every skit brings a new, horrible low for some actor that you know or like. Hugh Jackman celebrates his Oscar nomination for Les Miserables with a corresponding Norbit moment, by strapping a prosthetic scrotum to his neck and deadpanning through the opening skit. Emma Stone gives the singularly least sexy performance of her career by making out-dated Golden Girls jokes and sticking her fingers in Kieron Culkin's mouth. Stephen Merchant has an excruciating game of truth or dare with Halle Berry. And although there are worse jokes elsewhere, the nadir is a cheap rehash of the much funnier YouTube superhero skit, Robin's Big Date, which deals in cheap Halloween costumes, Jason Sudeikis at his very worst, and painfully awkward non-jokes.
Movie 43 is now showing in cinemas nationwide.
If you've seen Movie 43, why not share your comments below? I think this is the worst thing that any of these actors have ever done, except Halle Berry, who did Catwoman. Let me know if you think of any others!
I'm Mark the mad prophet, and until next time, don't watch anything I wouldn't watch.