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Wild Target Reviews

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February 4, 2018
Love Nighy and Blunt but man this film was crap. Mostly due to the story telling or the editing but it came out like one of those mad lib stories you make with your friends where one scene to the next just doesn't make sense.
January 22, 2018
Enjoyable and quirky comedy
January 20, 2018
Hilarious sometimes, twisted, never dull for a minute. I haven't seen yet the original film, but for what it is, the cast of this version is brilliant and certainly gives intensity to the characters. Absolutely entertaining.
½ December 15, 2016
Thanks to my love of British humor and action movies, I suspected that Wild Target was going to be a huge success for me. The story involves an old-fashioned hitman played by Bill Nighy, a reckless thief played by Emily Blunt, and a stoned car-washer played by Rupert Grint. These 3 unlikely people fight with one another, help each other, and run for their lives in this wacky adventure. The opening act was spectacular. The humor was subtle and Nighy pulled off the reluctant killer moments perfectly. I thought the movie struggled a little bit in the middle, though. There were some needless scenes that felt oddly out of place in Wild Target, perhaps if they were inserted in different places in the film they would work, but as it stands the pacing gets jumbled because of some of these moments. Also they struggled to integrate Grint's character into the narrative. It was almost like he was a hasty addition to the script that they didn't know how to use. Don't get me wrong, he has moments that I found hilarious, but it was almost like those scenes were pulled from a different movie. In the final act things pick up again (both in comedy and action.) I loved Martin Freeman's character, and how he was integrated into the story. Things resolved in a predictable fashion, but it still worked, so it's hard to complain. Wild Target is a unique film I had never heard of before, and one that I'll gladly watch again, but I can't imagine anyone picking it as a "favorite" film.
December 13, 2016
One of my favorite comedies, I think it's great!
½ November 8, 2016
I was rather surprised by how much I liked this one, a fun blend of action and comedy that sees a stoic hit man suddenly coming out of his shell when confronted with a gorgeous young victim who he ends up on the run with, along with a hostage who helps them form an impromptu family unit.

Really charming stuff, well worth a rental, and I can happily report that it holds up to repeated viewings due to that delightful cast.
½ May 23, 2016
Cute and quirky. Expect Brit-style dry and dark humor but with a light feel. Not uproarious but certainly enjoyable.
½ March 21, 2016
A fun packed 90min film, exactly what you'd expect from a funny assassin type film, Emily blunt stars throughout and immediately makes it better! Bill Nighy weird relationship with psycho mum doesn't help
½ February 16, 2016
I laughed pretty: D Cool, pleasant film.
January 27, 2016
Quirky and fun. A sequel to this could have a lot of potential if done properly.
January 22, 2016
"You know I'm a terrible shot. I could easily aim at your head and blow your balls off."

I love British comedies and this one is great. The characters are likable and well-cast. Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt strike up a modern day love-story that is unconventional and yet somehow totally believable. They play off each other marvelously and prove in every film they are in why they are worth watching. Rupert Grint shakes off the Weasley while smoking dope, catching knives, and blowing ears off of thugs makes it alone worth a view. The plot is simple but runs at a tight pace never getting dull. The comedy is pretty quirky and typical of this genre and the timing is dead on.
October 4, 2015
Wild Target is a fun Thief/Heist/Con Comedy about an Assassin hired to take out a Con woman, who ends up getting tangled up and working with her while picking up a young man who always seems to get in the way. This movie has some solid comedic acting from Emily Blunt (who is really hot in this movie as usual lol), Bill Nighy and a standout in Rupert Grint who up until this point we had basically only seen as a goody goody tween in the Harry Potter series and he stepped out of that shadow in this movie. There was also some great support in this movie from Rupert Everett, Eileen Atkins and the always great Martin Freeman. If you're a fan of Crime/Comedies or British Comedies you will really like this movie.
Super Reviewer
August 10, 2015
Harmlessly fun little British comedy type thing.
½ July 12, 2015
A very cute romantic action comedy. The movie doesn't take itself very seriously, having visual gags and quirky scenes. It's a fun experience.
½ April 5, 2015
Nice movie, the moments (few) when the plot works are funny and makes it watchable.
February 13, 2015
The cast is superb but there's no chemistry between them on screen, all due to lacking of having a proper dialogues with each other. Dialogues in this movie are disconnected and all over the places. I caught myself saying 'What? What are they talking about... Oh. Wow. Random!' several times throughout the movie.
½ February 3, 2015
That only reason behind watching this film was to see Emily Blunt perform in a comedy. She was funny, unluckily, the film with its boring plot and repeated jokes, didn't benefit from her character.
½ January 28, 2015
Grade:Higher 5/10

Wild Target is a British action comedy that although may have a fun
story, does lack the jokes needed for this to be OK. I found it lacked
a few things although not everything and I did enjoy the actual plot,
along with some competent acting from people maybe unfamiliar with the
role. In the end it is a good old bit of fun and adventure and the film
does start to take you everywhere, I felt it was safely average though
and here below is why so.

The story is not too thrilling in my opinion, maybe for some but I did
feel it tried at times to get the joke out more than the good thrills.
The humour lacks all the way through and although bits here and there
may make you chuckle or raise a smile, there aren't enough to say it is
OK and there not good enough anyway. I quite enjoyed the ending of the
film, of course I won't ruin it here but it is more interesting than
some other parts of the film and you may feel just a little something
for the characters.

Bill Nighy is good as Victor Maynard the assassin and although he maybe
doesn't get the jokes out the right way, is still a steady force in the
film acting wise. The most surprising performance from this film was
with Rupert Grint, he actually acts very well I felt for his type of
role and truly for me, throws off the Harry Potter cloak that is
obviously his biggest role to date. Disliked Emily Blunt, she wasn't
bad just a little too unfunny and her character reinforces that
annoyance as well, rest of supporting cast are brimming with talent
such as Martin Freeman, Rupert Everett and Eileen Atkins, all chipping

It isn't really directed or written well and could be the main bad part
about this movie and what really drags it downwards. The jokes just
aren't there and not too funny at all and even when you feel a moment
will be funny, the direction used seems to squander all opportunities.
I actually really quite liked the settings seen throughout, like London
and all it has to offer but also we see beautiful countryside scenery
at one point and may leave you liking the background more than what's
going on.

It isn't all bad to say my review seems very negative so far, it has
the jokes it truly does and as previously mentioned, it can give you a
slight smile or chuckle. It has good action scenes too and when the
action is involved it really does take the film up a notch and makes it
more entertaining, even if it just isn't that funny that much.

If you like action comedies then this isn't the best one to see but
still could be worth a watch, I think and did feel whilst watching that
the humour may appeal to some people and so it possibly can be more
funny for some. If your looking for smart plot and dialogue then avoid
this, not too smart and the whole real premise of the film is ruined
within the first 20 minutes I would have to say, although many others
do it too.

Overall I give it a higher 7/10, it is Safely Average, not quite a poor film or
lower, but still not good at all and would have needed much more work
done to make it better. It's a short watch I guess and so it's not the
most boring, I wasn't left bored at any point as the story is mildly
interesting for the most part, but the jokes lack and the characters
fade away a bit, but I can't help feel I want to see more of some of
½ January 26, 2015
The attempt at comedy just sucks any notion out of this movie being any good.
January 3, 2015
Well worth a watch with some very funny scenes and Rab C Nesbit holding his ear lol
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