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There are films that you just can't wait to be over, then there are films that enjoyable but you're still happy for them to finish. And finally there are films that you could happily have go on for days on end. This is a rare case of the latter, especially in the form of a sequel. Is it better than the original? That's a hard question to answer because both are absolutely hilarious throughout and to separate two films based purely on how much you laughed is a tough thing to do. That's the beauty of anything with Seth MacFarlane's name on it, his sole objective is just to make you have a good time. It just so happens he's good enough at filmmaking to actually make a pretty decent film at the same time.
The two hour runtime just flies by. There's only perhaps two dull scenes and both are forgivable as they're purely setting up crucial plot points. Aside from that every scene is a riot. The cameos are plentiful (the cast on paper is actually quite stunning when you consider some of the names they managed to get - a sure sign that people simply want to work with MacFarlane) and all are given brilliant material to work with. Liam Neeson's was probably the best of the bunch for me, followed closely by Tom Brady's.
Having no Mila Kunis doesn't overly hurt the film as Amanda Seyfried does a great job replacing her in the lead female role. Mark Wahlberg is back thankfully and his chemistry with Ted is equally as good as the first. There really isn't any negatives I can think of which is a pretty amazing thing to say. If you enjoyed the first, you'll love this one too.
Trying to get away for a weekend and focus on their relationship, Carl (Sam Huntington) takes his wife Sue (Meaghan Rath) to a mountain lodge for some skiing and wine tasting. Unfortunately for Carl, upon arrival, he discovers that his ex-girlfriend Robyn (Emmanuelle Chriqui)-who he used to bring quite often to the same lodge back in the day-is now the owner of the lodge. Wackiness ensues as Carl tries to keep as much of his previous relationship hidden from his wife as possible. Though the acting is of high quality-both Huntington and Rath are regulars on Being Human, though Huntington will always be Jam from Detroit Rock City to me-the editing for Three Night Stand is so unsightly and choppy that it became a constant distraction throughout the film. The worst scene involves Carl and Robyn walking through the woods with their skis, then suddenly they pull up on a snowmobile, which they dismount and find themselves back with the skis as another character approaches them on the same snowmobile they had just been on-the editing is unpleasant to say the least. A tip of the hat to Huntington, Chriqui and Rath-and to Jonathan Cherry, who steals many a scene as the husband of Carl's best friend/co-worker Stacey-but between the egregious editing and the overall weak plot line, Three Night Stand is sadly insufficient.
Wild is without doubt a movie you must relate to in order to truly appreciate it. Never for one moment was I bored or uninterested. The quotes are great, the music is great, Reese Witherspoon is great. The movie did a wonderful job intertwining her whole life up until that point to help you understand why she embarked on this journey, most importantly the "trauma" that shaped her. Wild is inspiring in a way that makes you want to go out & experience the beauty of life in the simplicity of nature the way she did. They say sometimes it takes losing yourself to find yourself; if that phrase has ever held any meaning to you, Wild will pull your heart strings & remind you of your own journey.
A comedy starring Kevin Hart, The Wedding Ringer is a tale of a Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart) who has a business that help grooms survive the wedding process. In this case Doug Harris (Josh Gad) has found the woman of his dreams. He just has to give her the fairy tale ending she deserves. In comes Bic (Kevin Hart) to save the day (for a small fee) and allow the couple to live happily ever after. A silly funny film that makes for a good laugh and realize the silliness of putting needless pressures on a big day in a man and woman's life. A perfect movie for those days you want to have a big laugh. I enjoyed it.
'Cinderella' represents everything that a modern Hollywood reboot should be, with an engaging and ever so likable cast, an immense blossoming romance with enough impact to make you feel sweet sixteen again, jaw dropping cinematography, magical music and the highest order of Directing on offer. Although, the film could do with taking more risks and changing the story to make it more unique, 'Cinderella' is suitably magical and for a Disney film that is more than enough. Accept your invitation forthwith to this Royal Romance.