Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Hangover: Part II (2011)

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Director: Todd Phillips
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, others.
Release Date: May 26, 2011 (UAE)

The Hangover (2009) was perhaps the most potent comedy of the last decade, putting an excellent mix of characters in an extraordinary situation that lent itself to all the fun. One way of making a good sequel to it would be to take those eccentric characters and put them in a new situation. Another way would be to get a new bunch of characters and put them in the same situation. Unfortunately, The Hangover: Part II does neither, and instead takes the same characters and puts them in the same situation, proving what it exactly is: a sequel made to milk the success of the first. If it was released a few years later, it could just as well have been called a reboot.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Scream 4 (2011)

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Director: Wes Craven
Starring: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Emma Roberts, Rory Culkin, others.
Release Date: May 5, 2011 (UAE)

In 1996, Scream smashed the box-office by redefining the concept of horror-slasher movies. Scream 4 attempts to re-redefine the genre, but unfortunately falls into a trap that the original so smartly avoided. While the movie starts off with a cheeky sequence of winks at the audience that promises a good time, it regresses into a standard uninspired sequel complete with exploitation of cheap thrills. In fact, Scream (the original), still serves as the perfect foil for Scream 4, the latter being the kind of movie that the former ridiculed in the first place.