Year One: Surprisingly Unsurprising
By Chauncey Telese
If you've seen the trailer for "Year One", you've basically seen the movie.
I won't than complain about the acting because there isn't any as Jack Black plays Jack Black and Michael Cera plays the same character he played in "Superbad", "Juno", etc. I also won't complain about the story because really there isn't one. Instead I will answer the only question that needs to be answered. Should you pay ten bucks to see this movie?
"Year One," while funny, would be better served in your Netflix queue or as a comedy to watch when there is nothing else on.
For those that haven't seen the trailer the film is about an inept hunter named Zed played by Jack Black and his geeky gatherer friend Oh, played by Michael Cera, who are banished from their village and they embark on an adventure coming into contact with many characters from the bible. Those encounters offer up some great cameos such as comedian David Cross and Paul Rudd as Cain and Abel, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin from "Superbad"), as Issac. The movie's jokes are mostly derived from slapstick humor or just toilet humor which makes this movie work for guys.
Though I wasn't surprised that this movie would be the way it is, I am disappointed because it is directed by comedy legend Harold Ramis who starred or directed in some of the greatest comedies of all time i.e. "Ghostbusters", "Stripes", "Groundhog Day". I was hoping that this film to be in the vain of "Monty Python's Life of Brian", and Mel Brook's "History of the World Part I". Oh well, I guess that would've been asking for a lot these days.
For all of the ladies (or guys trying to score points with the ladies), I recommend checking out "The Proposal" with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds.
Thank you as always for reading and be sure to check out my review of "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."