Refreshingly funny Let me start by saying I am not a Russel Brand fan. I was looking forward to the movie in spite of him and I am pleased to say I was pleasently suprised.The movie is extremely fast paced and does not stop till the end. The songs and gigs are convingly good enough for you to believe Brand is an actual rockstar.Judd Apatow movies tend to be split in two halfs, the first half usual been insanely funny whilst the second half tends to dip into the drama genre and quiets down, notable examples been funny people and superbad. Get him to the greek does not suffer from this and whilst the film does have a notable second half ‘mood’ it is still funny and because of the great characters, you do actually care about what happens to them.Get him to the Greek is a great combination of hilarious comedy, gross out moments, some catchy songs and the debut of a hilarious P.diddy who almost steals the film with his text messaging.Jonah Hill is perfect for the role whilst Brand has found his ‘character’ (party rock star) and pulls it off perfectly but i’m still convinced this is the only role he will ever play, like Jack Black will almost always be the overweight roadie character in School of Rock.One of the only downsides to the movie is that you feel the boundries are always been pushed, like the writers and testing how much weirdness can be delivered and indeed the last attempt at this does cross the line, in my opinion.A great ‘laugh out loud’ comedy, a MUST for any Apatow fans and indeed anyone who doesnt mind a bit of ‘gross’ with their comedy.
Laddish Fun For me this was a real Lad’s movie with a very punchy modern script. The humour is very black covering sex, alcohol / drugs and lots (& lots) of vomiting. Really liked the soundtrack and Russell Brand plays the part of debauched British rock singer Aldous Snow perfectly and gets very able support from P Diddy and Jonah Hill. My only quibble is that it could have been a lot funnier – some of the scenes seem a bit too ad-lib at times, which sometimes worked and sometimes did not.
A film of two halves The comedy films of writer/producer/director Judd Apatow have somewhat dominated the last eight years or so. As well as being commercial hits, they have been lauded by critics for their sweet approach to comedy, blended with gross-out aspects and genuinely good scriptwriting. Apart from his best works – The 40-Year Old Virgin, Superbad, Knocked Up – his films can often be lazy, relying on quirky randomness to get through. The overrated Anchorman, which has somehow become a massive cult hit, was the biggest example of this, and although I could watch Will Ferrell all day, the film just felt like it was desperately trying to get through to the other side. Get Him To The Greek is another example of this.Music producer Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) convinces his somewhat angry boss (Sean Combs) that an anniversary concert for failing rock star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) is the way forward. Convinced, Green is sent to London to collect Snow and take him on a few promotional spots before arriving back in America for his concert. Snow would rather have endless parties, take lots of drugs, and sleep with lots of women – which is okay with Green, only he has an angry boss on his ass and a girlfriend (played by Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss) who he’s not sure has broken up with him or not.This is really a film of two halves. The first being genuinely funny – with Brand breathing likability into his somewhat loathsome character, and the exchanges between Hill and Diddy being a particular highlight. This is coming from a person that hates Russell Brand. I mean I really, really hate him. But the charm that everyone else seems to see only becomes apparent to me when on the screen. Here he reprises his role from Forgetting Sarah Marshall, where I was surprised with his comic timing. When the second half comes around, I began hating him again.The film simply runs out of ideas, throwing in a troubled father-son relationship between Brand and his Las Vegas-based father Jonathan Snow (Colm Meaney) that is of no interest. It also throws up one of the unfunniest scenes in the film, with Hill being smashed on a ‘jeffrey’ (a mix up of a variety of drugs smoked like a joint) and stroking a furry wall while Brand and Meaney fight. It resorts to scenes like this because it has no more jokes to tell, and combined with Aldous Snow’s increasingly crap and unfunny array of songs, it all feels like it just wants to end.Sadly, a more interesting sub-plot that reveals Snow’s serious drug habit crops up then seemingly fades out without being properly explored. It could have added another dimension to Snow’s character, and stopped him becoming a whiny and annoying protagonist. That said, the first half is funny enough to make it worth a watch, and Sean Combs near enough steals the entire film.
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