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This Means War

This Means War was recently released into theaters and is already a big hit. The director is able to capture all angles of a truly good film by mixing action, comedy, and romance all into one film.

Rising star Tom Hardy is a perfect fit for his secret agent, hard core role in this film. Chris Pine is a perfect counterpart to Tom Hardy with his flamboyant playboy personality. The contrast in characters could not have been better picked for this film.This Means War

Reese Witherspoon, after what has seemed a long absence from the film industry, comes back with a bang. Throughout the movie she fights with her inner-self between being a sweet innocent woman and being a wild girl who plays the field while dating both Tom Hardy and Pine at the same time.

In the movie, Tom Hardy and Chris Pine have been best friends for years as they work together as secret agents, but to the public one are a travel agent and the other a cruise ship captain.  One flaw of the movie is that their fake identities don’t really fit their lifestyle as Chris Pine is driving an Audi R8and living in a penthouse in the Los Angeles area. However, it adds some flair and excitement to the movie.

After attending a family dinner, Tom Hardy comes to the realization that he needs to find a girl he can settle down with. Pine think she’s crazy but offers to help out as any best friend would. After seeing an online dating commercial, Tom Hardy creates a profile through which he meets Reese Witherspoon.

Before hearing about the date, Pine runs into Reese Witherspoon and does his best to get a date with her. They both soon find out that they are going after the same girl and the games begin.

The advantages that come with being a secret agent are that they both are able to tap into Reese Witherspoon’s life and find out about what makes her tick. As they battle for the girl they also battle with their friendship.

Overall this movie is a must see if you are into action comedies.

Outsourced: Pretty Good

I’ve held off on taking a in depth look into Outsourced, because I wanted to see what happened as the show grew and matured over time. Since Outsourced is in it’s first season, it deserves to have the time to grow before it gets critiqued too hard.

While first seasons of TV shows are critical to establishing success, they often just aren’t that good from a production standpoint. You have to give the crew some time to get comfortable and find their rhythm in order to get the best experience.

Now that Outsourced is finishing up its first season, they’ve had the time necessary to figure out what works and get into a stride. So, I can say now that Outsourced is pretty good.

What stands out most about the show are the ridiculous situations that characters get into, and the comedic abilities of the cast. Since the show has the premise of an American being sent to India to manage a call center, there are plenty of cultural mismatch and misunderstanding moments.

The great thing about Outsourced is the way that it makes cultural jokes without being offensive about them. It pokes fun at the cultures in the show, but it never crosses the line into banality. And in the world of TV, being successful without pulling the “controversy” card is refreshing in itself.

Make no mistake about it. Outsourced feels familiar. That’s because it uses sitcom templates that have been used for years. That being said, it definitely has merit.

All in all, Outsourced is fun to watch if you don’t expect too much out of it. The show has a good sense of humor and is silly laid back entertainment. In fact, that ‘s what Outsourced really has going for it. It isn’t really groundbreaking or hilarious, but it is familiar and silly. Sometimes it’s good to have a TV that can be watched for comfort reasons. After all, isn’t that why we watch How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory?

We like what is familiar and silly. So, looking at Outsourced in this way, it’s perfectly good Hulu viewing material when you need a pick me up during a slow day, or just need to add a show to the list if it’s a slow night. All in all, it’s reassuring and familiar comedy that can be appreciated by it’s fans.

Thoughts On “Reboots”

I have a few thoughts today on the subject of reboots. In the last five years, the movie industry has gone crazy for the reboot, largely because of the ease of recycling characters and stories and adapting them for contemporary audiences.

It’s a trend that has grown in prominence, and has become a part of pop culture. Basically, if anyone thinks that they can create an adequate take on a movie, they can buy the rights and go nuts.

Now, it’s one thing to do movies that celebrate older classics, like The Italian Job or Ocean’s 11 or other memorable movies. They’ve been out of the public consciousness for decades, and the stories are fun to return to. It is the recent trend of rebooting movies that are barely a few years old that is truly irritating.

An easy way to determine the usefulness of reboots is to look at the superhero spectrum. Batman shines as an example of a great reboot that challenged audiences and pushed the envelope. Looking at Spiderman and the Incredible Hulk… not so much. Spiderman had the recent movies that started off amazingly strong, then turned to decent mediocrity. Is a possibly awful reboot necessary five years later? No.

How was this necessary???

Likewise, the Incredible Hulk has been through two mediocre reboots and will be rebooted for a third time in the new Avengers movie. …Yay? Not really.

To give an example of a planned reboot that simply seems stupid no matter what, look no further than Charlies Angels. The TV show was adapted for the big screen in the early 2000’s, and was moderately successfully, despite having little quality or substance. Essentially, they were throwaway movie that were completely forgettable. However, producers refuse to let the concept die, and have ordered that Charlies Angels be rebooted again for TV. I don’t even need to know details, because I know that it’s gonna be mediocre- just like the last reboot was.

To sum this whole things up? Reboots are a good idea in some cases. Franchises that have since turned dormant, stale, or outdated may need to be rebooted if they have an audience of fans who will appreciate it.

However, rebooting just for the sake of rebooting because a cash cow didn’t perform well enough is pointless and stupid. Essentially, it walks a very thin line between filling a useful role and being generally pointless and irritating.

The most defining feature of a reboot lies with the effort and love that is poured into it. Audiences can immediately tell whether or not its a cash grab or not, and the box office results often speak for themselves. One thing is for sure- Hollywood is so very out of ideas right now that it’s getting kind of sad.

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