Supremely silly movie that plays like if the Airplane crew did a romcom.. well, more pointedly, if the makers of Wet Hot American Summer destroyed every romcom cliche going, which is fitting, cos..
A flimsy premise borne aloft by a hell of a lot of goodwill towards a stellar line up of comedy players & familiar faces, with a cast that reads like all of your favourite characters from every US sitcom of the last decade.
its a bit rude and very obvious, but passes 90mins perfectly well enough, and laughs are in no short supply.
if the sluggish opening 30mins doesnt lose you, there are some thrills & charms lurking within, some cracking practical car chase sequences, a nod or two to the "Burt Reynolds road movie comedy" sub genre, and a very likeable lead in the form of Imogen Poots.
Oh, and Michael Keaton literally phoning it in is still Michael Keaton owning the screen, so that's good too.
Very nicely shot, some beautiful landscapes, and the pov dashboard cam is especially effective in 3d.
Ultimately i think you could talk through it and still enjoy the best bits.
Due to my sometimes contrarian nature, when critics gang up on a movie and give it a good drubbing, i will look to find something positive to say about it- it cant be THAT bad after all, and often the consensus is diametrically opposed to my own opinion - Cloud Atlas, Man of Steel and Prometheus being recent examples that spring to mind.
So, it was with a trepidatious sense of excitement and anticipation that i watched After Earth, looking…