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It's clear by now that a large chunk of the population have grown deeply tired of Adam Sandler's style of humour. This fact is clearly on show in the other reviews. My question is - you know what he is like and you probably saw (and didn't enjoy) the first one, so why watch this?
I actually think that this was better than the first. I liked the humour and while the film isn't going to challenge me mentally, it was still worth watching.
Once again, the cast seemed a little too full of big names, but the chemistry was still there. Rob Schneider wasn't in it this time, but that didn't reduce the quality of what was on offer at all. I think iy actually helped make it better.
This film was also an opportunity for several young actors to get experience on the big screen and work with more recognised names. That was nice to see, although none are going to win awards.
In short, I would say that this is a good film and you should definitely see it if you enjoyed the last one.
The other ceitics seem to misunderstand this film. Adam Sandler just wanted to make it funny. Some of those who reviewed it seem to think he was aiming for every Oscar. Honestly, what's wrong with just having something that makes you laugh?
Admittedly, it was a big cast for something with that aim and the likes of Selma Hayek were not challenged in the slightest, but the goal was achieved. There seemed to be a certain amount of chemistry too and I imagine they all enjoyed what they were doing.
If this was out in the cinemas now, I would still wait for the DVD. I did find it very enjoyable though and would possibly watch it again at some point.
This should not be confused with the great film 'Heat' (Pacino and De Niro) in any way.
Sandra Bullock has played the role of a cop overcoming unusual obstacles in a comedy twice before, so this isn't exactly something that you culd call challenging for her. Her style of comedy is well suited though.
Melissa McCarthy's very different style of comedy provides the sort of contrast the film makers were going for. She is also well suited to her role. However, there are some similarities with other characters she's played, so the film won't be too challenging for her either.
As for the supporting cast, they are instantly forgettable.
The plot is also very predictable.
However - and this point is really worth noting - it is still a very funny film. You don't necessarily need an edgy an intellectual plot for great laughs and this film proves that.
I would say that many would like this film, even though it's not going to win respected awards. Even if you don't watch it at the cinema, it's definitely worth watching on TV and DVD at some point.
It's the sort of thing that would work if you've had a tough day and need some laughs to escape from any troubles.
This film was excellent. It certainly did something different with time travel - a thing which has been done so many times before in film and television.
The entire cast was truly impressive, but an honourable mention has to go to the young child who turned out to be very important (won't give anything away if you haven't seen it). He displayed a great range of emotions and appeared very mature.
Another thing that I liked about this film was that, although it was sci-fi, it didn't do the usual thing of being focused on tech. It was much more about psychology and morals.
I really do recommend this film.
I often find myself disagreeing with professional/experienced critics, but I'm sure they could care less about my opinion if they heard or saw it. I'm just going to say what I think and leave it at that.
The cast was seriously impressive. A mix of young and old, as well as many big names. Some critics wanted more character development, but with so many big names means there wouldn't be enough time for everyone. There'd also be a potential reduction in the amount of action and suspense. The back stories of the magicians are not important, but they are still interesting and entertaining - particularly the one for the McKinlay character.
There was some topical issues covered too - which are related to the Tressler character (Michael Caine). It didn't dominate the story though and make it some overly biased political effort.
There was also plenty of action and great special effects - something you would expect from a big budget film about magic.
The twist at the end wasn't predictable - which was nice and refreshing.
Some feel the need to compare this to another film about magic featuring Michael Caine - 'The Prestige'. They're different though. Different storyline, different period and less political/topical.
I thoroughly recommend this film. It's brilliant from start to finish and isn't one dimensional. The twist is great and the whole concept is new.