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Wilder's Movie Review

By: Dwayne Wilder


‘Moe’ Fun
The tribute movie to those gentlemen of slapstick, “The Three Stooges,” is both touching and spot-on.
The Farrelly brothers, Bobby and Peter, have done an excellent job of bringing the spirit of those film shorts of yesteryear to audiences of today. The first and best thing they did was choose the three actors to be Larry, Moe and Curly.
Sean Hayes (Will and Grace) is the most recognizable of the three; and as Larry, he is the perfect go-between for Moe and Curly. Chris Diamantopoulos is perfect as Moe, the defacto leader of the ‘Stooges.’ He embodies the leadership and head strong perpetrator of all things slapstick. And Will Sasso is so much like Curly that I swear the brothers Farrelly brought the original back to life!
This 92 minute film is broken into three parts - episodic like the shorts - which follows the Stooges lives from birth to almost being adopted to saving the orphanage some 35 years later. It’s pure ‘Stooges’ all the way from being unwitting pawns in a murder-for-hire scheme to some questionable construction at the orphanage.
If you are conscious, you will laugh.
But the sheer comedy does have a storyline; one that allows for the ‘Stooges’ to be human. For Moe, the character development is especially moving; the other two do have some touching moments, but many of them involve sledge hammers and eye-pokes.
This film is full of guest stars including Jane Lynch (Glee) as Mother Superior and Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) as Lydia. Singer Jennifer Hudson is good as Sister Rosemary while actor Stephen Collins is Mr. Harter, the man who almost adopted the Stooges. Larry David is Sister Mary Mengele and model Kate Upton is Sister Bernice. The cast of “Jersey Shore” figure in there, too!
“The Three Stooges” is rated PG for slapstick action violence, some rude and suggestive humor including language. It opened last Friday in second place at the box office with $17.1 million. Critics love it; one even gave it four out of four stars.
The Farrelly Brothers, who also wrote the script with Mike Cerrone, chose this subject matter because they believe the Three Stooges are the funniest who ever lived; the brothers wanted to honor them with a film. I believe they have made a faithful tribute to what those comedians did from 1934-1958.
The actors captured the mannerisms and the directors captured the essence of what is an icon in our societal history: “The Three Stooges.” Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard made something special even in its simplicity; and this new movie pays wonderful tribute to them.
And listen for all the puns and gags, but especially watch for the lawyer’s offices names……....!

‘Space’ Jam

There is just something about prisons in space.
The new film, ‘Lockout,’ bases its action around this concept. In the not so distant future (2029), the United States has built a maximum security prison orbiting the earth. The inmates are put in suspended animation for the duration of their sentences, thus no problems or breakouts.
Until Emilie Warnock, the U.S. President’s daughter, wants to interview one prisoner to determine what type of treatment the men are actually getting. To make a long story short, the prisoner facilitates a breakout with a Secret Service agent’s gun; and of course, Emilie is taken hostage.
Enter Guy Pearce, our hero and CIA operative, Mr. Snow, who is wrongly accused of espionage against America. To have his sentence revoked, he agrees to save the president’s daughter from the crazies who now control MS-1 (Maximum Security - 1).
This 95 minute movie is mostly action with guns shooting and people fighting, but there is some interaction between Warnock and Snow. Pearce is decent as the wise-cracking not really wanting to be there hero. He does have some funny lines. Maggie Grace (Lost) is pretty good as Emilie; she has some fight in her and she does want to do what is right by the prisoners. I like her character the most.
Directors James Mather and Stephen S. Leger had a hand with the script from Luc Besson, who did the well-received Liam Neesom “Taken” a couple of years ago. They do all right as directors/writers, but the script is predictable and the action is choppy. Should have let Luc have more input, maybe?
“Lockout” is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action and language including some sexual references. It opened last Friday in ninth place; it budget is $30 million and it has a long way to go. Hopefully, the DVD will make up the rest……...
This is a decent movie, one that could go either way. It has similarities to the 30 year old movie, “Escape from New York,” where the city is turned into a futuristic prison and someone has to get someone else out. I remember Kurt Russell did a great job as Snake Plisken!
“Lockout” does keep moving and it really is not that bad. The only horrible mistake I saw was the exoskeleton suit the pair had to wear during the escape. There is no way they survive when those suits fall off! But that is me just being realistic; decide for yourself.
The theater was full when I saw the movie, but I guess it won’t be as the weeks continue………….

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