Welcome to the Jungle (2014)
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Critic Reviews for Welcome to the Jungle
Director Rob Meltzer, who made the kind-of-amusing meta short "I Am Stamos," directs things in shameless, let's-get-this-thing-over-with style ...
This movie's biggest audience will come from Jean-Claude Van Damme's fan base, and boy will they be disappointed.
Van Damme's performance is about the only element left unscathed by the movie's compulsion to point out its own absurdity.
Audience Reviews for Welcome to the Jungle
You know how the other day I was talking about Bruce Willis not actually being that great at strictly comedy. He's fine in action/sci-fi/comedy hybrids like the Die Hard series or The Fifth Element, but he's horrible in strictly comedies where the action is more limited. So color me surprised when Jean Claude Van Damme, inferior as an actor to Bruce Willis in almost every way, is actually better than him at comedy. He found away to adjust his "style" towards something that's a little bit more "outside the box" than the stuff he usually does. The guy legitimately made me laugh a couple of times. Not hearty laughter or anything, but he got more laughs out of me than Bruce Willis did in The Whole Nine Yards. Don't get me wrong, though, while this film was better than I would've ever anticipated, it's still not something that I would say was even remotely good. This is taking into consideration how awful everything prior to the actual retreat was. Boy, it was really rough going at the beginning there. It was probably enough for me, on a day where I was in a real shitty mood, to have stopped watching it because it didn't do anything for me. But there's some legitimately inspired bits. Van Damme and Kristen Schaal easily get the best lines in the movie. And the whole idea of Phil becoming a god with his own cult is ridiculously absurd, but it definitely yields some laughs. Problem is, while the film definitely has a decent enough cast, it's mostly relying on the raunch and the cursing in order to make you laugh. And it works to an extent, like when Brenda goes on her tirade about the things she's heard on camp, but not actually saying the curse words, just shortening them like Mf'er and stuff like that. That's probably not that funny of a joke, but Kristen Schaal makes it work. Then, afterwards, when Brenda talks about taking a shit. Again, it probably wouldn't have worked if it was anyone else other than Kristen, but she makes it worth watching and funny. Other than that, though, the film doesn't really do a good job at being consistently funny. It's a very up and down film unfortunately. Which is kind of a shame, because the film could've been truly great once it got to the island for the retreat. Like there was some real potential there for a really crazy story. And there's hints of that here, with the whole cult, orgies, and drugs thing, but it simply doesn't get as crazy as it potentially could've. I wouldn't exactly recommend this movie, but it's definitely gonna "sneak" up on a lot of people. I put that in quotation marks, because it's not like this is a sleeper film. A movie that everyone overlooked but is actually great. This is not that, clearly. But it's better than it had any right to be. Van Damme does a surprisingly good job here, as well. You could, honestly, find much worse films to watch than this. You could also find BETTER films to watch than this, but this didn't make me pull my hair out, so that's a positive.
The first great comedy I've seen so far in 2014. An absolutely hilarious and wildly entertaining comedy adventure. An outrageous, smart and terrifically enjoyable movie. Jean-Claude Van Damme steals the show, he gives an outrageously funny performance. One of the true kings of action proves he is the king of comedy with great energy and humor. Adam Brody and Megan Boone are terrific. It's total non-stop fun for everyone. With a film like this there is no seriousness it's just you sitting in your seat and enjoying yourself for ninety five minutes.
Unleash your inner beast! Good comedy! The thing is, going into this movie and letting yourself be entertained, its a huge success with funny side characters, plays on other movies and books that make you say aha yeah! It does not get to that stupidity point where you might think such a comedy could fall into, and it keeps things clever, while still entertaining greatly in a plot which has all the common points and you can predict where its going to go. Although you may see the underlying basics, you are nevertheless entertained and laughing in your seat. So if you like Lord of the Flies with a bunch of office workers and add some humor in to it, you going like this. A group of unsuspecting office workers find themselves stranded on a desert island when a corporate retreat led by unhinged former Marine Storm Rothchild (Jean-Claude Van Damme) goes horribly wrong. Now Chris (Adam Brody) and his co-workers must battle nature -- and each other -- to survive! Welcome to the Jungle is a hilarious journey into the heart of madness also featuring Rob Huebel, Kristen Schaal, Dennis Haysbert, and Megan Boone.
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