Here Comes the Boom Reviews
My first impressions of the film were two things, firstly it just seems like an excuse to make another film around MMA and the UFC. Secondly, Kevin James has always had a slight weight issue as I'm sure you all know. This whole idea just seems like a chance for him to lose some excess weight, gain some muscle, look good and basically get healthy whilst being paid to make a film. Now call me cynical but that's how I see it because I will admit James looks good in the final fight sequences.
A reason I think this is because the story is completely stupid. A school in dire financial straits needs to make cut backs which means the music department will go. This means Henry Winkler's character will lose his job, so up steps James's character to try and save his job by raising the money required. Doesn't sound too bad so far, but wait! James's character wisely decides to become a mixed martial arts fighter despite the fact he's overweight and way into middle age, hmmmmmm might wanna think about that.
The whole premise is just absurd, for a dumb comedy it maybe passable but this film actually tries to be semi serious. Even though James's character decides to commit suicide in the ring to try and save Winkler's job, it takes Winkler's character until the last ten minutes of the film to try and stop James's character from killing himself just to save his job!. You'd think from the start Winkler's character would feel a bit awkward knowing that his best friend is being beaten to crap on a semi regular basis just to save his job.
I guess if you follow UFC then you'll get a kick outta this, there are many various folk from the 'sport' that make cameos and have roles, if you don't follow then they could be anyone. Well you can tell who the real MMA/UFC folk are because they can't act, dress rather camp (can I say that?), have poor tribal tattoo's and wear bling.
In the end this just seems way too much like a comfy personal get fit dream project for James. Two of the main characters are from 'King of Queens' for heavens sake (not including James), James is absolutely covered in tan makeup to make him look good both in fight sequences and regular scenes and the film clearly goes from comedy to serious fighting for James midway through.
Its like 'School of Rock' which slowly morphs into 'The Karate Kid' (because you know what's gonna happen) and then finally goes into 'Rocky' towards the end. The fun aspect goes out the window as James heads into serious mode which actually doesn't suit him. The emotion towards the end is so forced it makes you wanna look away from the screen. I think James should stick to TV because even though I like the guy he hasn't made a single decent film I think, 'Mall Cop' was amusing in parts but that's it. This film doesn't really know what it wants to be but if James wants to continue making films then he should stick to funny ones.
Good movie! I had low expectations for this given the plot and figured the best parts were shown in the trailers. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. The plot is all very predictable but really who cares for this type of movie. The dialog is not that sharp and while some parts are a little corny, the film is light hearted, does not take itself too seriously and is excellent entertainment if you want to switch off your brain at the end of the week. This film moves at a good pace, is funny throughout, with some real laugh out loud moments, and leaves you with a good feeling at the end.
A high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extra-curricular activities from being axed at his cash-strapped school.
Not very original story of Scott Voss (Kevin James), a 42-year-old bored and disillusioned biology teacher at Wilkinson High School wasn't promissing much at the beginning. Budget cutbacks at the school jeopardize the continuation of the music program, which would result in its teacher, Marty (Henry Winkler), being laid off. Concerned for both his colleague and his students, Voss attempts to raise the $48,000 necessary to keep the music program alive. At first, he works as a night instructor for a citizenship class but that didn't resch amounts he needed. Opportunity shows up when one of his students, Niko (Bas Rutten), who was a former mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter watches with him UFC fight at Niko's apartment... Voss learns that the loser of the fight receives $10,000, which gives him the idea of raising the money by fighting in MMA himself. Easier said than done... but the important thing is that it gets much funnier from here!
Very likable characters and an opportunity for the whole family to enjoy the laughs together made this film to be chosen as one of ten best films for family audiences by the 21st Annual Movieguide Awards. I agree... to a degree...
However, the film does have heart and a lot of funny moments. The MMA fighters steal the film from the main actors, especially Bas Rutten as Niko. Kevin James is ok here. I could have also seen Jack Black play that role. I like James in Hitch and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. Henry Winkler and Salma Hayek provide nice supporting work here.
Scott Voss is a subpar teacher who has an obvious problem with authority. His big mouth and fondness for Bella, the beautiful Salma Hayek, get him into a pickle: he needs to raise $48,000 to rescue the music department. After working an extra job and realizing he's not going to get the cash in time, Voss learns that an MMA fighter who LOSES a fight gets $10,000. He wrestled when he was younger and, along with one of his students from citizenship class (who also happens to be a former MMA fighter), Voss decides to go out and lose enough fights to raise the money.
The plot sounds easy enough to put James on auto-pilot and let him go. But director Frank Coraci did a good job of keeping James reeled in enough to get a pretty good performance out of him. James regressed to simple silliness a couple of times. Luckily it wasn't enough to stand out or bring the movie down. Coraci has done good and bad, but he's the director of Waterboy (1998), a comedy classic. James also had the benefit of a great supoorting cast. An actor who's often used by the director, Winkler, played the music teacher, Marty Streb. His comedic timing is impeccable. Him and James worked well together, as did James and Hayek. She toned the acting down a little, enough to look like she was having fun making Here Comes the Boom, and created a likable school nurse.
The show stealer was Bas Rutten, a real life ex-fighter and some-time actor. Rutten was over the top in every scene and did his part in making Boom such a success.
The story wasn't original, or some plot twisty flick. Here Comes the Boom kept it simple. The character development was strong. I liked these guys and was happy to sit and watch the story unfold. The touching parts and happy parts were just that because of my liking of the characters.
The weirdest thing was the fight scenes. They were GOOD. The cinematography was kept simple and the fights looked real enough. A couple shots were incredible. With what passes for action scenes lately, I'd say other cinematographers could learn a thing or two (one being that jiggly cam SUCKS) by watching these simple, focused on the fight, sequences.
Judging by what other reviewers said about Here Comes The Boom, I'd say they expected it to be a standard Kevin James slapstick movie with more comedy than character development. It is pretty funny, but not something that'll give you cramps from laughing. It's definitely worth going to see though.