“Beautiful things don’t ask for attention.” – Sean O’Connell
Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Jan 2014)
Brief Synopsis – A man who daydreams of a more exciting life, starts out on hos own adventure when trying to track down a lost photo negative.
My Take on it – Ben Stiller has had many hits and misses over the years and unfortunately this one isn’t a complete hit.
The story and plot are good, but when making a re-make of a movie, the idea is to try and find a new twist that will be engaging and innovative enough to capture the attention of moviegoers and I think that here they just slightly miss that.
I liked the secret agent aspect of the original and here the whole idea was to take someone with a very set (and lonely) life and try to infuse a bit of action and adventure into it. The idea is definitely in the right direction, but it doesn’t reach the right point that would elevate this into a much better movie.
So I enjoyed this movie for it’s story, but it is still just slightly above average and am sorely disappointed that it wasn’t structured more skillfully.
Bottom Line – Interesting premise and plot. Enjoyable, but mediocre film that could have been done better.
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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I agree with your final conclusion, but I have different reasons for making it. 🙂
I will say I don’t think this a remake, really. I think it a re-imagining, much like the Coen’s re-imagined True Grit some years ago. Since Stiller is approaching the content very differently than has been done before, I wasn’t bothered by how differently he executed it.
yes, he approaches it differently and there were a few parts that worked for me, but ultimately it wasn’t good enough IMHO.
I liked the use of the word Life in the title. Really brings new meaning to it when watching the movie 🙂
A renter! : )
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