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Seth Rogen plays Seth Rogen in a Seth Rogen movie. It had it's moments, but not enough to make up for the too many "jokes" just laid there and died.
Not too bad, if you've watched the other 50,000 (or so it seems) MCU movies that preceded it. I think I'm just completely burned out on these "super hero" movies where the characters get more 1 and 2 dimensional as the action sequences become more and more of the whole movie than anything approaching a plot or a character.
I must admit that I really hadn't planned to see it the first week it was out, or even maybe the first month. However, we were out of town and my nephew wanted to see it big time. We went to a Monday late matinee, and I was surprised that the theater was only half sold 5 minutes before the scheduled start. This was not in one of the "geek belts" of the country, so I guess that explains the relative blase treatment towards it there.
As I alluded to above, there was lots of big blast action, not much on plot, and the last 30 minutes or so seemed forced as they tried to tie up all of the stories of the gang.
Am I glad I saw it? I suppose, especially at the price. Could I have waited for a couple weeks? Definitely. Would I recommend it? Guardedly. If you are into this genre, go for it. If you've invested a lot of time, effort and money in seeing the movies leading up to this, go see it. Otherwise, wait for cable.
At least the (ab)use of the 80's soundtrack in "Guardians of the Galaxy" was done with good humor. This was painful, doubling down by going to an 80's-style disco in 2019. Only in Los Angeles, I guess.
Our "gotta see a movie this week" team decided to go to this one. Should have listened to my first instinct when I saw the previews, but I had nothing better to offer. Even Julianne Moore's multiple topless scenes began to border on the embarrassing, although for her age, she looks to be in quite nice shape!
I won't give away too much, but the constant disappearances of major characters, not to mention her living arrangements just wore on me to the point that I just didn't care about her anymore. When the old disco hit "Gloria" started playing, I was actually happy to hear it, figuring correctly that was the end of the movie.
Having met a few WWE stars back out of character when I lived in Southern CT, I had a good understanding of the dedication of the people in this industry going in. The movie did a good job, I thought, in bringing out this side of the industry, leaving much of the "glitz" and "glamour" of the spectacle out of it.
Yeah, yeah, I know that the results of the matches are pre-determined, but some of the stunts these people pull night after night in city after city will take their toll on anyone's body.
Think of this as "A Chorus Line" with people who enjoy tossing each other around like rag dolls instead of dancing. A bit of a stretch maybe, but the work that goes into each job is just as tough and the outcome just as uncertain.
It had its good moment, but the few good ones were sadly outnumbered by the sophomoric or tasteless scenes.
Don't recall that the Mel Gibson "original" was quite so obnoxious, but it's been a lot of years since I saw it.