Movie Review - The Change Up!
Yep. I got to see it last night, 3 days before it comes out. I totally love it.
It is easily must see comedy of the year. (just dont bring your kids) Written by the guys who did the Hangover movies, and directed by the guy who did The Wedding Crashers- The Change Up is just as good as all of them.
The idea of the movie is that when two friends piss into a fountain and wish for each others lives at the same time, they change bodies the next morning. From this point of it's just hilarious. The comedic timing in the movie was fantastic throughout and their were a few scenes that were a whole new wrong.
This would fall into the same genre as a lot of other movies like Freaky Friday, 17 Again, When in Rome and probably even Just my Luck. This movie however take it to a whole new level. For the most part, the movie is not predictable on the smaller stuff. I like this a lot.
98 percent of movies have predictable plots. This movie didn't try to reinvent the wheel, they just built a better one. Some of the funniest scenes had to do with kids, which kept things down to earth. You grow very fond of the characters in the movie as it progresses. There really isn't anyone in the movie who isn't likable.
The movie was actually directed with a lot of style. For example before they change back, the director does a series of shots to sort of show who they really are. There was a bit of symbolism involved which is always a plus. There were no boring scenes, or scenes that dragged in this movie. It seemed like even the hangover had some filler scenes, but this was just go go go. It was done with more style then most comedies you usually see.
The soundtrack was great. It seemed to capture the intensity of a lot of moments in the film perfectly.
Leslie Mann - I'm always impressed with Leslie Mann's acting. She has slowly moved up in her roles, moving from supporting roles in films like Big Daddy and Knocked Up, to female leads in 17 Again and now The Change Up.
This is by far her best performance up to date. She plays Jason Bateman's wife, a working mother trying to raise 3 kids and rescue her boring marriage. Her ability to flirt with sexy, toy with annoying, do something absolutely hilarious, and seem genuinely heartbroken - is a fantastic thing to watch. The woman is beautiful and just commands the screen. I will see her whatever her next movie is simply because she is in it.
Olivia Wilde - I complained about her in my review of Cowboys and Aliens for her acting. In this movie, I'm prepared to call a truce. It wasn't great acting, but it was good. I have no complaints about her in this movie. She plays Jason Bateman's legal assistant, who he secretly lusts despite being married.
Ryan Reynolds- the weakest performance in the movie was from Ryan, but there still wasn't a lot to complain about. My only beef with his acting is that you are sometimes aware that it's Ryan Reynolds, instead of forgetting that and just accepting the character. A few scenes he did seemed a little too much. That being said, there were also some scenes that I was insanely impressed with. The guy was amazing in some of the serious scenes and when he gets tears in his eyes it is very believable.
Jason Bateman - Holy fuck this guy can act. I didn't used to like Jason Bateman, but I all I can say now is respect. Movies like this provide a rare opportunity for an actor to portray 2 different characters on screen. To be able to do that without even giving off a hint that you are someone acting is fantastic. You can tell when Ryan Reynolds character is supposed to be inside Batemen's body, but he doesn't overact. He is funny as hell and really takes on each character perfectly. Definitely his best performance to date.
I give the movie 4 1/2 stars, as far as it being a comedy. It was hilarious.
One finally note, I wonder when the hell this movie was made. The Hangover 2 came out 2 months ago. Olivia Wild was in Cowboys and Aliens, which came out last week. Jason Bateman was in Horrible Bosses 2 weeks ago, and Ryan Reynolds was in the Green Lantern a month ago. I wonder when the timeline for this was compared to these other movies.