Last year I saw 29 movies. And I think some of those were even repeats. So to challenge myself this…
Everything Must Go
Lost is a good place to find yourself
When an alcoholic relapses, causing him to lose his wife and his job, he holds a yard sale on his front lawn in an attempt to start over. A new neighbor might be the key to his return to form.
Great performance from Ferrell, that's all that really need's to be said about a movie like this, check it out.
I had been looking forward to this one for quite a while. I'm a fan of the cast and I am generally a sucker for a quirky indie dramedy, but Everything Must Go just falls flat on its face.
I think the cast was let down by some poor writing; the only one who was able to bring anything to the flaccid dialogue was Laura Dern. The brief scenes with Ferrell and Dern were great, but there was nowhere near enough of her and we had to spend the rest of our time languishing in a boring, beige world with middling, milquetoast characters.
I give it a small amount of credit for not going exactly where I thought it would at the end, but aside from that I was just happy I did not end up being bludgeoned to death by blandness because it sure felt like it was going to end that way for most of the 97 minutes.
Many comedians have managed to effortlessly transition into more dramatic roles by finding the pathos behind the smiles. Nearly all of the big Hollywood comics have at some point successfully dabbled in more serious and demanding projects, all except one: Will Ferrell. Despite the cloying, Stranger than Fiction, he has firmly stuck to broader comedic films, the more absurd his man-child persona is the more critically and commercially successful the films seem to be. Everything Must Go is his first real foray into dramatic-comedy territory and sadly the experiment isn’t wholly successful.
Some of the problems are down to the casting as Ferrell never truly convinces as an ordinary man in crisis but most are down to the lacklustre script…
This is one of those films that is just made to make you smile.
It just about delivers.
Based on a short story, Everything Must Go, for large parts doesn't really go anywhere. It strays intermittently into a few rather aimless sub-plots, and is just a tad to meandering. Just when you think it has been stretched just a bit too far it ends, and you are left with the rather satisfying feeling that you could quite happily spend much more time with these characters.
This is mainly down to Will Ferrell. Who is never going to be an amazing actor, but he has one of those faces. A face that fits a film like this. We can see what he is feeling from the expression on his face. Not too many expressions mind, but enough.
Everything Must Go is a very indie movie. And certainly one of the better ones.
Another "serious role" for Will Ferrell comes up trumps in this little movie which I really enjoyed. Whilst the high concept of Stranger than Fiction was fun, this is the other end of the spectrum, a bloke is made redundant on the same day he's kicked out of his own home, his company car is taken off him and his credit cards are blocked. Hopelessly a slave to beer, he's got nothing else to do but live on the lawn of his own home for a few days and figure out what his options are.
Will drinks beer, strikes up a fun friendship with a local kid who relentlessly rides his bike, and tries to figure out just…
This is basically the movie of my life, except I have a part time supermarket job that I was never fired from. And I was never really married, and instead of a front lawn, I have my mom's basement. And instead of a black kid making me breakfast, I have a black cat that pukes on the rug. And I don't really talk to any of my neighbors. He waved hello once, he seems nice. But yeah, basically the story of my life. I'm gonna go take a nap.
Will Farrell is phenomenal in this film. It's not just that he is a comedic actor turned dramatic. He actually embodies a fully fleshed out person with history, charm, and depth. Beyond Will's performance, the movie doesn't add much other value to the watching experience. The story is a lot like "Lost in Translation", but without the gravitas or powerful commentary. Any relationships Will has with secondary characters is shallow and unfulfilling. The character arc is vague, and all conflicts are superficial and too conveniently resolved. Overall, a great performance surrounded by a story that does not commit enough to fully exploring it's themes.
08 of 30: Scavenger Hunt April 2016
A film with a character who has the same profession as you.
I don't have a job right now and I'm kind of in between professions so this was a hard task to find something for. (The last job I had was in doggie daycare which is also really hard to find, lol.)
This was okay. It was a little too depressing for me to enjoy watching. It was decently made (decent acting, writing, etc.) but it was just that. There wasn't much else there.
It's mostly fine but there isn't anything particularly special about. Ferrel can pull of the semi serious roles but this was not nearly as good as Stranger Than a Fiction.
Not a waste of time but I doubt I'll remember much from it.
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This was a different side of Will Ferrell I haven't seen since Stranger Than Fiction. I would not say this was nearly as good as that movie but it was surprising nonetheless.
The movie had momentum for being a truly good film. However, it did not deliver enough wow factor in the end.
He loses his job and his wife in the same day.
He starts drinking Pat's Blue Ribbon beer.
He drinks lots of beer.
He drinks more beer...
Farrell does a great job in making his character believable. This movie isn't about his humor but his acting diversity. He simply nails the part. Yet, he was limited with the non-carbonated finish.
The ending was good but could have…
i just wish he looked for himself in more interesting places.
A pretty underrated Will Ferrell film, I recommend giving it a go.
a good mumblecore film
Honestly, a perfect 7 out of 10? It was good. Enjoyable, sweet, well-acted by Ferrell. But also, I'm not thinking about it anymore. Wouldn't recommend it as a standout to anyone, even though I think it a fine film. I love seeing comedic actors in dramas, though.
Will Ferrell should stick to serious roles.
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