Review #2: This Means War
When I heard about this movie, I kind of did not want to see it because I am not a big fan of romantic comedies and have not typically liked them in general. The thing about this movie is that it really is more than just a typical romantic comedy. This Means War is more like action/adventure, comedy, and romance thrown into a blender and the end result is a pretty good mix but does have it’s share of faults.
Plot of Movie:
The story is about two best friends FDR (Chris Pine) and Tuck (Tom Hardy) who are also spies and work really well together at their “spy agency”. The film starts off with the two of them being grounded in order to be protected from some big time boss guy who wants to kill them from their last successful mission. While both of them are temporarily releaved of duty, they soon realize that they are lonely and could use some love in their life. Tuck decides to try out a dating service website and meets up with Lauren (Reese Witherspoon) on a date that goes successfully well. After the date Lauren meets FDR at a video store and ends up going on a date with him as well so that he will leave her alone. The two of them discover that Lauren is dating both of them and they decide to turn their relationship with her into a competition to see which one she will choose. During this time, both FDR and Tuck try to impress Lauren to get her to like them without letting her know that FDR and Tuck know each other. Throughout the movie we see Lauren struggle with her emotions and cannot decide which guy she likes more. At the end of the movie she is forced to make a decision to which guy she wants to be with and we find out who won.
What is Good:
The best part about this movie is the comedy and carries the movie throughout even when it seems slow at times. It really is that funny and I was lauging almost the entire time in the movie. Chris Pine and Tom Hardy work well together in this film and it really shows. Some of the funnier scenes involve the two of them trying to out do the other on their dates with Lauren by either using sabotage or other means in order to ensure the date does not go well. Reese Witherspoon is great in this movie too because she makes us feel really bad for her in a funny sort of way that at the same time makes us pitty her because of her unimpressive love life. Her annoying friend Trish (Chelsea Handler) is kind of funny in this movie but she has that kind of humor that no normal person would commonly find funny. She spends most of the time in the movie just encouraging Witherspoon to date two guys at the same time even though in the end she blames Witherspoon for going along with it in the first place.
The action sequences are pretty good here as well. I mean sure it’s not like a Jackie Chan or Jet Li movie so don’t expect tons of fight scenes here but there are some in this movie and it keeps it exciting when the movie tends to get a bit dull and unoriginal.
What is Bad:
We have all seen this before. Two friends want the same girl and their friendship is blown in the process. Yada yada yada… Blah blah blah. I was hoping for something else from this movie. Maybe instead *SPOLIER ALERTS FROM HERE ON OUT* of Reese Witherspoon choosing one of the guys in the end so her life is saved, Pine and Hardy could have just said “You know what? You cheated on both of us… SO… You’re the loser here!”. You can see the overall plot from this movie coming a mile away here. I bet by the first five minutes you can just sense that the two of these guys are going to be at each other throats at some point.
One of the stupidest things to comment about is this movie is the fact that this movie encourages people to go out with more than one other person at the same time. It litteraly does! This is STILL ringing in the back of my mind. Everyone is at fault here for causing hurt and pain to everyone else. The thing that bothers me the most is the fact that in the movie Reese Witherspoon gets off scott free and is forgiven (snaps) just like that when she discovers that the two of them know each other. Pine and Hardy are at each others throats and they flat out say to Witherspoon “Hey we know each other”. Reese becomes mad with the both of them and she storms out. At this point in the movie I wanted to get really mad and walk out. Pine and Hardy begin to appoligize but Witherspoon wont accept it at first because she felt betrayed by both of them. THIS WOULD NEVER HAPPEN IN REAL LIFE! At this point the three of them would have gotten into a big argument and Reese Witherspoon would have gotten some heat as well because she is just as much fault here as the two of them. WHY DON’T THEY ACKNOWLEDGE THIS???? IT MAKES NO SENSE!!!! 😡
The last thing to mention is the dialog. Sometimes I feel like a high school student wrote the script here. Most of the dialog is like this: “What? No way!” “yes way bro” “that is awesome bro totally awesome” “yeah man this is so awesome its awesome” … and on and on and on. There are a lot of points where Pine and Hardy repeat what the other is saying in order to annoy the other but really I feel that this is just a way to pass the time until something else happens. Ugggh… Sometimes it drove me insane in the movie.
This Means War is a good movie to watch and get out of the house to enjoy a good laugh. The problem is that the plot line is typical, some points seem slower than others, there are plot holes that need to be acknowledged, and the dialog is less than impressive at some points. Don’t expect this to be at the next year’s oscars at all. This is good to let time pass and get a few laughs but not for much else.
Also be aware that there is a cameo from Rosemarry Harris (Spiderman 1-3) in this movie as FDR’s grandma or something.
IMDB Score: 6.6
My Score: 6.2