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oui or non..?
Even after having watched this film, hearing its title still prompts me to instantly visualise a completely different narrative to the one it is attached to, so upon hearing ‘Get Him to the Greek’ my brain still throws up images of Danny Dyer and Tamer Hassan huffing and puffing and geezering their way around some soggy depiction of a pseudo-gangster ridden London underworld where they have to get deliver some naughty lad to a right nasty bastard called ‘The Greek’, or face the grisly gangster consequences. And it’s a shame that this isn’t that film, because that probably would’ve been an exponentially, albeit unintentionally, funnier way to spend an hour and fifty minutes of your life.
Instead, the Greek of the title is the Greek theatre in Los Angeles, and the man being delivered there is British rock star Aldous Snow, being played, for the second time now, by Russell Brand. Because Aldous Snow, as you might not remember, was the same British rock star bloke in the forgettable ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’, so I guess the studio must’ve thought that it was a character so rich in comedic potential and with much to offer an audience and a narrative, that an entirely new film should be based around his inimitable antics. Anyway, at the beginning of the film Snow falls spectacularly off the wagon and rushes wild-eyed and slavering back to booze and drugs and indiscriminate sex and all that sort of stuff. At the same time, a low-level employee at Snow’s record company called Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) suggests that his rock star hero should perform a 10th anniversary show at the aforementioned Greek theatre. The boss at the label (an impressive and pretty funny performance from Sean Combs) goes for the idea and entrusts Green with the task of getting the volatile and capricious Snow from London to New York in time for an appearance on The Today Show, and then to L.A in time for the gig at the Greek.
Brand and Hill certainly have the potential to be a great pairing, so it’s a little disappointing when everything feels so flat. The problem with Brand particularly is that, his entire comedic persona is based on his capacity for acute and articulate self-analysis and self-awareness and the ability to look back on personal incidents and revel in the ridiculousness and embarrassment of it all, but Snow is played without these crucial dynamics, so in the end, you’re just left with a bland, cardboard cut-out rock star caricature. Hill does his best to inject some funny vocal and facial tics into his role, but there was only so much he could do playing the Joe Average music fan, with such a laboured script. In fact, it would be much more interesting to see Hill given the opportunity to stretch his legs as a manic and egotistical lead like Snow, because he’s pretty wasted here. The whole thing feels like an attempt to replicate the exigent time limit freewheeling of ‘The Hangover’, and if that film was a decent but pretty average comedy, ‘Get Him to the Greek’ conspires to make it look like a classic in comparison.
If the general lack of laughs and boorish meanderings weren’t enough, things gets really bad in the last part of the film where there is a flimsy and amazingly misjudged last-ditch attempt to give the film some sort of emotional core. For the entire film we’ve been asked to laugh at the absurdity of a ridiculous cartoon rock star cliché, but then, we’re, like, shown that, y’know, what he does as a performer and with his music, like, really touches people and it means stuff, yeah? It’s so out of place and jarring that it feels like chopping off the final part of ‘This is Spinal Tap’ and sticking on the ending of ‘Almost Famous’. At this point, Hill is forced to adopt a cloying gaze of wide-eyed wonderment at the heroic cock-rock strutting of his musical god, and the audience are left to wonder if the entire thing is actually wry comment on the silliness of investing so much of our time and emotions in vacuous goons with tight trousers. Sadly, it probably isn’t.
I was hoping it would be good. I want Russell Brand back on the radio with matt morgan and hopefully trevor locke. I guess thats never going to happen though. He seems to have fully committed to making it in america, one flat appearance in a forgettable comedy film at a time.
The shoehorning of saccharine emotional hooks into the final act of depraved, trashy Hollywood comedy is one of the most abominable, craven tropes modern filmmaking has to answer for.
I declare war on movies made specifically for idiots to guffaw at but also find 'deep'. But hey, if it keeps them coming, it's good business, right?
is there any reason not to cancel my Unlimited card?
I haven't been getting value for about a year now.
that's the only decent multi-plex fodder i can think of coming up soon.
having to review these shit films has really made me realise how much of a snob i am about going to the cinema. i find it excruciating handing over money for a film i'm pretty sure i wont like,to someone that thinks i actually quite want to watch it.
when i saw killers last week, it was all i could do to stop going....'hey, erm...i don't really want to watch this, it's just i'm reviewing it ok? i'm not really into shit like this'. what a wanker eh?
going to wanky art-house stuff on your own is fine. lining up to watch the latest ashton kutcher flick on your own is a very painful experience.
b) I'd be narked, too.
c) Inception: "Now Cobb is being offered a chance at redemption. One last job could give him his life back but only if he can accomplish the impossible-inception. Instead of the perfect heist, Cobb and his team of specialists have to pull off the reverse: their task is not to steal an idea but to plant one. If they succeed, it could be the perfect crime. But no amount of careful planning or expertise can prepare the team for the dangerous enemy that seems to predict their every move." Fucking fuck that, unless the reviews for it are boss.
d) I've just cancelledmy Unlimited card with effect from 1st July.
making it look like i actually want to see the film.
i dunno...i still have high hopes for inception...i'd prefer it if the only information we had on it was from the teaser trailer though....bit of mystery, like.
I don't think the box office bods will think too ill of you.
I'll keep a cautious eye out for inception.
But to be fair, i thought the Jeffery scene was pretty great.
that scene was sort of what i was talking about when i mentioned hill's 'facial and vocal tics'
the bit where he gets stuck with insulin and rises up with that crazed look on his face was quite funny.
even if I disagree to some extent. I was pleasantly surprised and thought it was rather funny. Y'know, what do you want from a buddy road-trip masquerading as a rock-star parody flick? Grade: B