I bloody love Eurovision, the songs, the silliness, the absurdity, you know that moment when you are looking and wondering what the heck you are watching. It is a sceptical from start to finish, but it has been made clear on multiple occasions that America just doesn’t get Eurovision, looking at you JT. So when I heard they were making a Eurovision move … I was concerned, to say the least, and now that I have seen it that was not an entirely unfounded position.
So to set the scene, we open in Husavik, Iceland on April 6th, 1974, a boy is sitting down missing his mother, with nothing cutting through his sadness until he heard ABBA’s entry into Eurovision. It was a moment of revelation, and at that moment, he knew what he wanted to do with his life. In the present day, Lars (Will Ferrell) and Sigrid (Rachel McAdams) have not let go of that dream even if his father Erik (Pierce Brosnan) thinks Lars is an abject disappointment. Well, their dream comes true when their song is picked for the Icelandic song contest, the winner will represent Iceland in Eurovision. The only problem is they were chosen by random to pad out the twelve places because everyone assumes that Katiana (Demi Lovato) will win. I mean, it would take all the contestants dying in a fiery conflagration to change that.
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 – This is one of those films where you walk out thinking three things, 1) how dare you charge people money to see this, 2) I am embarrassed for everyone involved in the film & 3) how dare you charge people money to see this
Score – 0 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Sometimes you see a film and you have to wonder ‘how did this get greenlit’, like people paid over 40 million dollars to put this together, agents recommended this movie to their clients, and they even got Alan Menken to write a story. However, instead of being excited when every big name cast member walked onto the film, you felt sad, like ‘oh no, they dragged Hugh Laurie into this mess too.’ Why is that, well this is because this is the worst film I have seen all year, and since I am writing this on the 31st of December, I doubt that will be surpassed because this is also the worst film I have ever reviewed. Hey good news Pixels, you are not on the bottom anymore.
TL;DR – One of the funnier films I have seen this year, a great example of what happens when fools rush in when angels dare to tread.
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
What would you do to avoid crushing your daughter’s dreams to go to college, how far will you go? That is the basic premise behind The House, in this case referring to the fact that in casinos ‘The House’ always wins. So can they make this truly silly premise work, all will it crash and burn, well let’s take a look.
TL;DR – It’s not the worse film I have ever seen, but it’s not that great, the last third is even pretty good, it is unfortunate that you have to sit through the rest of the film to get to it.
Score – 2.5 out of 5 stars
So at the start of this film, you are reminded that the first Zoolander came out in 2001, wow, it has been a long time between sequels. So the question is, was it worth the wait? did we need a sequel to a reasonably good comedy from 2001?, will the fact that they killed of Justin Beiber in the first 5 minutes of the film absolve it of all wrongs? well not really. With that being said it’s not the worse film I have ever seen, it is just, well, to be honest, a bit of a disappointment.