logan j. fowler and bill bodkin look at the new action-filled rom com trailer …
Theater, Rent, No Thanks, Undecided? No Thanks.
I could be right in saying that This Means War might be surprising to most people. Key word being could. It might actually be better than it seems when viewed in its entirety, but the trailer is not doing anything for me, and I’m not going to drop down the cash for a flick that is wasting the talent of its three core stars.
Chris Pine, who wowed me as Captain Kirk in the Star Trek reboot, is made for better roles. Reese Witherspoon, who I don’t mind, has an Oscar under her belt and is reducing herself for this drudge. And don’t even get me started on Tom Hardy. The man is on fire right now, coming off a great role in Inception, killing it in Warrior, and is soon playing the villain Bane in the last installment of the Nolan Batman trilogy. Why is he involved in this? I don’t know. I feel bad for these three. They are capable of so much more, but yet here they are, in a movie patented for a Valentine’s Day date. The plot? Two CIA agents (Hardy and Pine) fight over the same woman. It’s like Saved By the Bell. With guns. Meh. Pass (I love Saved By The Bell — don’t get me wrong).
Theater, Rent, No Thanks, Undecided? Rent.
This Means War could easily suck. I’m not even going to paint you a pretty picture — it has the potential to be absolutely terrible. I mean, is Reese Witherspoon really worth fighting over? Is she worth using ample government resources on? Christina Hendricks, yes. Reese Witherspoon, not really. But that’s just me. The film also features Chelsea Handler as … you guessed it … someone who is obsessed with sex jokes and is drunk all the time. Brilliant. Bloody brilliant.
However, I hold out hope. And I’m placing all my hope on Chris Pine and Tom Hardy. The two actors have proven they can hold their own in action movies, that they both have senses of humor and have worked with a lot less than they have here and still looked strong. These are two engaging and likeable actors that the ladies can enjoy looking at being all engaging and likeable while the dudes can enjoy the fact these guys look believable knocking the hell out of each other.
Frankly, for a rom com, you could do a hell of a lot worse. This has got action, the promise of some chuckles and romance — it has the potential to be the perfect popcorn fluff-fest. However, for me personally, it’s nothing I’m plunking $10 down on. This is perfect for a date night at home, because if it this film does actually suck, like it has the potential to, I don’t want to be wasting my money on it.