Nov 13, 2010

Get Him To The Greek Review

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Premise:
Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) is a bottom of the rung talent scout working for music mogul, Sergio Roma (Sean "[P.] Diddy" Combs). Green makes the mistake of suggesting Sergio Roma's record label put on a big 10 year album-anniversary concert for rock star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) at the Los Angeles Greek Theater. This is way more than Green bargained for, because he's sent out to escort Snow from his UK flat to the concert over the course of 3 days. The task would be a lot more simple if Snow weren't strung out on drugs and booze due to a career circling the drain and a rough divorce.


Standouts:
In the trailer for the film we see Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) evidently in over his head by being all messed up on drugs himself, which he's supposed to prevent Snow from being. What the trailer doesn't tell you, is that this is a re-occurring gag, and is only funny in one of the attempts. Also, in the grand scheme of things, certain scenes felt like they were a distraction from the main plot but sounded funny on paper, such as heroin smuggling and a side-trip to Las Vegas. Some positives that stood out - Sean "Diddy" Combs got heavy appraisal for his work in this movie, and it was well deserved. He really shone through and was so funny with his over-the-top character that I'd say he was the main reason I would watch this film again. Also, the cameos are epic.


My Highlights:
Every scene featuring Diddy.


Overall Rating:
In the late spring/early summer of 2010, everyone said this movie was the best film the year had put out. I was ecstatic to see it at the time due to the hype around it, and my enjoyment of both star's past film work. After seeing it, I look back on the "best film of 2010 thus far (being from June)" and say "did nobody see Kick-Ass?" This was an enjoyable film, don't get me wrong. The story was very unique, I laughed out loud during quite a few moments, and many of the characters/scenes had me emotionally engaged and interested in their well-being. On the downside, there was so much shock-humor and stuff that I feel like those involved with making the movie thought were funny, but just kind of fell flat. So I give this movie a respectful 3 3/4 *'s out of 5, or 7 1/2 *'s out of 10.


When You Should See It:
If you're big into drug-oriented movies. This one particularly had a little bit of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" feel to it but not too far off from a Cheech and Chong film. Otherwise, there isn't a big rush to see it, but it's not worth actively avoiding if someone invites you to a viewing party.

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