TL;DR – A mockumentary that tries to walk the line between entertaining and informative and often fails even before it stops its narrative to do an ad for Netflix halfway through.
Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid and post-credit scene
Death to 2020 Review –
I don’t think it is a controversial statement to say that 2020 has been a crap year on many fronts. It was so bad that I forgot some of the bad things that happened only to be reminded of them tonight. When a documentary film titled Death to 2020 comes along … well you have my attention, even when you find out it is a mockumentary that could still be good if executed well. However, I am not sure this one stuck the landing.
Death to 2020 starts in an interesting place because it is a documentary presented by actors playing roles. Right from the start, there is an interesting juxtaposition between reality and fiction as Laurence Fishburne’s calm tones narrate the coming calamity. This kind of set up gives you a lot of potential because it removes you slightly from the material, giving you avenues for comedy and introspection. However, that is a tricky line to walk, and frankly, this film slipped off that edge on multiple occasions.
TL;DR – This is a film of two halves that actively make each side worse for being there. This film was a frustrating experience from start to finish.
Score – 1.5 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is a mid and a post-credit scene
There are a lot of ways movies come into being, some come from novels, some
from comic books, and some are even original ideas. However, there is a new
trend of finding popular content from the internet and turning it into the new
hotness. Well if you are going to head in that direction then one where you can
have every celebrity cameo under the sun is a good place to start.
So to set the scene, up in North Carolina there is Flinch Public Access
Television and here we find a TV show host Zach Galifianakis (Zach Galifianakis).
For years he has produced the Between Two
Ferns with Zach Galifianakis, an interview show that is truly horrible.
Well after years of doing the show, a camera crew is here to film how the show
is put together. Interviewing Producer Carol (Lauren Lapkus), Cam the cameraman
(Ryan Gaul), and all the guests. However, things go wrong when a leak in the
celling destroys the studio forcing him to go on the road fulfilling Will
Ferrell ludicrous demands.
TL;DR – Absurdist and silly, and while the mockumentary is fun at the start it does feel like it never quite came together.
Score – 3 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is a post-credit scene
Well let me tell you a story, we have a famous actor creating a mockumentary of
a fictional ancestor that he also plays, and we are going to jump back and
forth between him finding out things today and a pretend performance of a
televised play in the 60s. This is a truly bonkers scenario, but that is the
one we have with us today as we explore Frankenstein’s
Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein.