This Means War Reviews
August 16th 2013
July 20th 2015
I knew what the concept a long time before I actually watched it but it just seemed like nothing happened throughout the whole movie. When the movie started it was good, the action was filmed very well, it wasn't just masked up by lazy shaky came, it had a cool style and even the intro was very Bond inspired, and although she wasn't in the movie at this point, it seemed weird to see Reese Witherspoon's name over some random henchman during the opening credits but the set up was pretty good. I also liked the way that the two leads met Lauren as it didn't really feel as coincidental as other movies would do it. The cast try with what they have and the three leads, as well as the great supporting cast do good as well but honestly though, when the two leads meet Lauren is when pretty much everything else goes downhill.
It's a silly comedy and nobody acts like a real person, you can't just tear up a restaurant, twice, and get away with it regardless of your job but it is just didn't make sense. I kind of expected FDR to say to Tuck about how lame the dating website was and that was how they would bring it up but it works the way it is. The characters don't really make any sense, Lauren says that she 'isn't that type of girl' when someone brings up something a little bit silly and yet she goes from dating nobody for a long time to dating two guys at once and honestly; Witherspoon gives a lot to this character but it is hard to feel sympathy for a character who is dating two people and finds it hard to choose one, really? When the characters start dating I found it hard to believe that FDR didn't know why Tuck didn't show up to his arrangement or how Tuck knew where FDR would be to spy on his first date. It even goes down to something as nitpicky as, Lauren is dancing and singing to a song, in a scene that felt pointless by the way, but she puts on 'Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid' halfway through and continues to sing... Because that makes sense? Also, she thinks that FDR just fell asleep on the couch but wouldn't she see the tranquilliser dart right next to his hand that is in plain view? And why did Tuck have to go on about explaining those people that showed up at his dinner? Why couldn't he just lie and say it was a joke someone did? A good piece of character we get is when Tuck says 'mentlegents'.
I thought technically speaking the film looked good for the most part, like I said, the action was well filmed and it had a style and the editing was good as well, the paintball scene was good, even if that paint-bomb looked brutal and the Titanic music playing in the background at one point fit well as well. But other times some scenes felt out of place and one point in particular where Tuck is on the roof with a rifle and the music comes in too late into that scene that I had no idea what just happened. It's like the music guy forgot his cue and quickly rushed to speed up, it was really bad; I had to rewind just to see if what I thought happened actually happened. It isn't bad to the point where the music comes in after the scene is finished or anything like that but it's noticeably bad. And overall, it's probably just a little bit longer than it needed to be.
I also didn't like the ending much at first, but not because it's made badly but because it just seemed cruel to our characters, it kind of felt like an all or nothing kind of deal, and the choice that was made seems backwards as the other choice was the genuinely nice honest one who didn't stalk/ show up at her work. But in the end, it does work out well for our both leads even if the other end just feels crammed in to give them both a happy ending but the film does end on a good joke so there is that. And I won't lie, the film did make me laugh at points and it certainly has its moments but it really doesn't have a lot of them. Knowing that Seth Rogen was one of the choices for one of the leading roles seems bizarre. 'This Means War' has a fun title, good leads and an interesting premise but doesn't really do as much with it as it should.