comedy

Daddy’s Home 2 – Trailer #1

The Hype:

Guess what everyone! Will Ferrell is doing a comedy sequel! But to be fair, this one looks pretty funny. The follow up to 2015’s Daddy’s Home is set to be bigger, better and hopefully slightly funnier than the first, with big timers Mel Gibson and John Lithgow joining the original cast of Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg and Linda Cardenelli.

The Plot:

Very similar to the first as comedy sequels often are, only this time the daddies in question are those of Ferrell and Wahlberg’s. Now both their families are in tandem, but things look to take a turn for the worse when their fathers come to stay for the holidays.

The Trailer:

The UK release date:

22nd November 2017

Spy – Review

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On paper, Spy has all the ingredients for a comedy masterpiece. But Paul Feig’s latest project alongside Melissa McCarthy is nothing more than a moderately funny mess.

McCarthy plays the loser CIA desk jockey, Susan Cooper, who informs the dashing Bond-esque field agent Fine (Jude Law) whilst he goes out on his dangerous missions.

When Fine becomes inoperative, Cooper volunteers to finish off the mission he has started and take down villainous Rayna Boyanov (Rose Byrne) as she travels across Europe.

Feig and McCarthy worked well in Bridesmaids but struggled to create that same magic in The Heat and now Spy. The comedy has become too predictable and McCarthy continues to play the same underdog character, playing on her image for cheap gags.

Fortunately, McCarthy is more than comfortable delivering some well written lines throughout Spy but the stand out comedy performers are Byrne and Jason Statham. The latter plays the more seasoned and traditional spy – much like the macho, tough guy characters he is used to, but almost overdoing it in Spy, which brings some punchy laughs throughout.

McCarthy is the centre of the action but the best comedy is without doubt coming from the background characters, including a more than comfortable Miranda Hart.

Spy is a fun watch but the action isn’t quite enticing enough and the comedy is too predictable to truly enjoy all the way through. It would be wrong to constantly compare projects between Feig and McCarthy following Bridesmaids but the truth is they have struggled to reach those heights since.

Horrible Bosses 2 – Review

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The topic of comedy sequels has been one that has divided opinion in the last couple of years. The general consensus is that they are never a good idea. Take Anchorman 2 for example, one of the worst films of 2013 whereas the first is arguably one of the greatest comedy movies of all time. The majority of the time, comedy sequels will fail but in some cases it works as it did with 22 Jump Street earlier this year and now with Horrible Bosses 2.

Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day all return but this time with a different vendetta. The trio start their own business, becoming their own bosses after their invention of the ‘Shower Buddy’. Following their promotion on a daytime television show, they finally receive an offer from Burt Hanson (Christoph Waltz), a slick investor.

However, things go array when Hanson pulls the plug on the project after the trio spend big in order to manufacture their units. Typically, they seek revenge in the most extreme way possible: kidnapping (or kidnaping) Hanson’s son Rex (Chris Pine). Naturally, things don’t quite go to plan and the expected chaos ensues.

Jennifer Aniston returns as Dr Julia Harris, playing the nympho role that made heads turn in the first Horrible Bosses edition, and playing out one of the funniest scenes in the film in the sex addicts meeting with Bateman. Jamie Foxx also returns as ‘MF’ Jones along with Kevin Spacey who plays an imprisoned Dave Harken.

Horrible Bosses 2 is on par with the first film in terms of humour, which is generally the main concern with comedy sequels. The storyline may be slightly wackier than the first but the comedy is carefully managed in the safe hands of the leading trio. One surprise is Pine who churns out an excellent comedy performance, something we haven’t been used to seeing in the last couple of years from him. Waltz unfortunately only plays a very small role in the film, which is a shame but at the same time understandable, as you have to imagine that this is merely a filler-in film for him.

When they announced there would be a Horrible Bosses 2, the initial reaction was to ask why. Very rarely do comedy sequels work and it’s usually because they made so much money from the first instalment that they choose to do a petty second to rake in similar figures. Fortunately, the second edition did not disappoint and keeps the laughs coming all the way through, just as the first one did.