The Weekend Marquee: ‘Lost’ with a ‘Hangover’
This week’s crop of new movies is diverse. In fact there’s something for everyone (Land of The Lost, The Hangover, Away We Go) and apparently no one (My Life in Ruins).
The big bloated Hollywood release this week is Land of the Lost, which is a remake of the 1970s TV series starring Will Ferrell and directed by Brad Silberling, whose last big budget bomb-anza was Jim Carrey’s Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events. Based the on the reviews, it looks like Lost could compete with Bewitched for the title of the most annoying, over-produced Will Ferrell vehicle to date! Honestly, I would much rather see reruns of the early 90s Saturday morning version I watched as a kid. And while we’re talking about early 90s television, maybe one of the studios should do a big screen version of Dinosaurs? Now that’s a movie.
If pteradactals and Will Ferrell aren’t your bag, there are plenty of other comedies to choose from, including The Hangover, starring alt-comic Zach Galifinakis. The plot follows three groomsmen as they attempt to find their friend after a drunken night in Vegas. The Hangover is directed by Todd Phillips who, with a resume that includes films like Starsky and Hutch, School for Scounderels and the Phish documentary Bittersweet Motel, appears to have scored his first critical hit. Roger Ebert raves, “Now this is what I’m talkin’ about. The Hangover is a funny movie, flat out, all the way through. Its setup is funny. Every situation is funny.”
In limited release is another comedy, albeit a more quirky and “indie” one. Away We Go stars SNL alum Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski, who play a couple searching for the perfect place to settle down. Expect a cross between your typical Wes Anderson movie and Miranda July‘s Me and You and Everyone We Know. One look at the movie’s poster and you know exactly what the producers are going for: a rom-com drenched in quirkiness.
And finally, what more can you say about the Nia Vardalos starring My Life in Ruins? I’ve already expounded on my thoughts about the trailer earlier this week and the reviews seem to speak for themselves. Owen Gleiberman, of Entertainment Weekly, writes, “My Life in Ruins is a middle-aged Hallmark chick flick that makes you wish you were on a Greek vacation (and not, in fact, watching the movie).” Which isn’t quite as harsh as Scott Foundas writing for the Village Voice: “Substitute ‘career’ for ‘life’ in the title of this stillborn travelogue comedy, and you’ll have a succinct verdict on My Big Fat Greek Wedding writer/star Nia Vardalos.”