For those who are ready to push away from a groaning Thanksgiving table, having eaten their fill and given thanks, there are four new films to choose from for families to watch at the cinema. Comedy rules the turkey day weekend with two very funny offerings. Out of the comedic films, one is for kids, big and little, and the other is of the more grown up variety; lastly there is one of the best romance stories of modern times and a historical drama that will make one think.
Jim Carrey proved on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show just what the problem is with Dumb and Dumber To, which has been reported as the box office weekend winner (Really?) with receipts topping at $38.1 million. What is the aforementioned problem? Carrey does not know when to stop. Anyone who has seen the number one film at the box office will realize that Carrey shaving a doting fan practically bald was a “step too far” just like most of the gags and skits in the film. Several videos of the actual haircut stunt are on YouTube and these also go a long way toward why Jim Carrey’s film has done so well in tickets sales, the man’s fans really do love the comic actor.
As anyone knows who watches Saturday Night Live, the guest makes the show, and this week’s was Woody Harrelson along with the support of his Hunger Games pals, Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, who came out during his monologue and the musical “act” was Kendrick Lamar, the first time in all black creepy looking contacts. Harrelson did his bit, pointing out that it has been nearly 25 years since the last time he hosted the show. He then accompanied himself on guitar and sang a little about 1989.
Having not watched SNL between 1982 and 2014, it was a surprise to learn that Bill Hader, a very talented comic actor, was not only a regular on the show but the man was also nominated for an Emmy for his work on Saturday Night Life impressive stuff but what is not impressive on the show is the apparent lost art of auto cue reading. Or cue card reading, or auto prompt, what ever title it given the lines of dialogue to be read by regulars and guests on a live comedy show. As this is the 40th season of the long running comedy series it does not seem too much to ask for the participants to have mastered the ability to read and emote.
Going in to see The Boxtrolls, it is quite easy to get excited about the pedigree brought to the film by certain performers who are voicing main characters, but the film does not work, it is an American attempt at British Humor that just does not make it. The film loses its way very quickly at the beginning and never recovers from its directionless meandering. At the start of the movie screening attended by this reviewer a number of the audience were laughing or chuckling at events on screen. However, after the initial 15 minutes of the film’s open passed, the amusement dried up and younger members of the audience lost interest in whatever was happening in the stop-motion film.