On the last day of the year it’s our last show of the year, in our newer, longer format. Which means more time for movie discussion! This week I review David O. Russell’s Joy, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro, Alejandro G. Inarritu’s The Revenant, which may finally bag Leonardo DiCaprio his first Oscar, and Will Ferrell/Mark Wahlberg comedy Daddy’s Home.
A major disappointment that just feels over worked, under developed and lazily handled by all concerned. While no one could accuse the original Anchorman of having a particularly strong script, it often feels like the sequel never had one to begin with. Not only does the film barely hang together as a series of largely unrelated skits, but even individual scenes themselves stop and start, clearly cobbled together from improvised one-liners as the cramped cast of screen comedians vie for the biggest laugh before its time for lunch. There are of course laughs to be had along the way, but the entire project just reeks of self-satisfaction, when in truth, what Ferrell and Co give us is embarrassingly sub-par to the point you can’t help but wish they hadn’t bothered.