Tuesday, 7 December 2010

No Brain Required

Dinner for Schmucks is one of those cruel-but-kind comedies that have become the norm since Apatow came on the scene. The wafer thin plot sees a desperate for promotion exec, played by Paul Rudd, who accepts the challenge of finding a dingbat oddball to compete in his boss' monthly competition for biggest idiot. It boasts an impressive cast of comedic actors (excluding Walliams obviously) and there are laughs throughout but this is decidely lowbrow entertainment and most of the gags are mined at the expense of the cartoonish schmucks the film revolves around. Funny while watching I wondered if it was based on some old British farce but it turns out it's a remake of a Frenchy film Le Diner De Cons which I'd put money on being funnier.

The Warrior's Way though mildly entertaining is as dumb as a bag of spanners. Unashamedly nothing more than a glossy, guns 'n' swords actioner that eschews any trace of substance for buckets of crazy CGI stylized super violence. Plotwise it's a mishmash of Shogun Assassin & 7 Samurai with the No.1 Swordsman escaping to the Wild West after rescuing a baby girl only to have to defend themselves and some locals from hordes of enemies old and new. Some Korean dude stars as the killer with a heart and he's joined in the nonsense by Kate Bosworth, Danny Huston and Geoffrey Rush. Sure some of the fight scenes are nifty but it's so vapid it makes Casshern look like King Lear.

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