Watched May 06, 2012
Movie night at The Tomb, and as we couldn't decide on what to watch, we ended up watching This Means War, a film that no one wanted to watch. This movie is so offensive to good taste that it should be considered an act of terrorism, and director McG should be number one on every single government organization's most wanted list.
After watching this movie, I realized that current romantic comedies are exposing the changing nature of society better than any other art form. While I haven't seen many, the few I have seen from the last five years have been absolutely atrocious. No scene seems to last longer than thirty seconds, and it seems as if telling a coherent story isn't even important. I can only assume that people's diminishing attention spans are the reason for romantic comedies becoming just a series of vignettes.
Of the few modern rom-coms that I have seen, This Means War is by far the worst offender. Things just happen in this movie without any explanation. There is no sense of location, and there is no continuity whatsoever. People are literally just at locations talking in order to advance the threadbare story. The movie doesn't even try to hide the fact that it is really just a bunch of scenes cobbled together, as multiple scenes simply end by cutting to black. Then the next scene fades up and two of the characters are on a paintball field, or some other random place, without any real explanation as to how they got there. Basically a high school student with access to only Windows Xp and Windows Movie Maker could do a better editing job than is showcased in This Means War.
Quite honestly, there are zero things in which to complement this film for. It is so lazily made that it was depressing to watch. I wouldn't force my worst enemy to watch this film.