Sunday, 12 February 2012
REVIEW: THIS MEANS WAR
Spy Hard Love.
97 Minutes. Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine & Tom Hardy. Director: McG. Screenplay: Timothy Dowling & Simon Kinberg
Let's get it on. This Valentine's brought us a sneak preview of one of the funniest romantic comedies of the year...well make that a rom-com that pulls more punches than the rest. This is one action flick that is the perfect date night film, making cases for both sides of the argument beyond the hot, young talented cast. Now 'This Means War', let the games begin.
Fellas! Ever liked the same girl as your best friend? Come on now and admit it. Well at least your not spy's, then things would have got even more complicated than a Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin triangle, because it's all here. Ever wanted to see Captain Kirk of 'Star Trek' and Bane from 'Batman' get it on (fighting that is)? Because that's exactly what happens when both Chris Pine and Tom Hardy fall for Reese Witherspoon.
The two CIA agents take stalking to the next level as they spy on each other and use all sorts of tactics and equipment to one up and keep tabs on each other. With hilarious consequences this triangle of turmoil shapes up to be one of the funniest and refreshing comedy films of recent time. From Pine's Kirk to Hardy's British charm the two young actors of the moment show they have the class and charisma to carry this picture, all whilst duking it out for the girl, as this gentleman's agreement turns from hand shakes to fist fights.
Also the Academy certified Witherspoon once again walks the line confidently in a leading role. Showing she really is one of the contenders to the rom-com throne. The crown fits well as she leaves the boys to play off of each other while she deals with the games the play from trank darts to making it rain. Love may be in the air...but sabotage is on the cards too.
Sam Worthington, Bradley Cooper and Seth Rogen may have turned down this movie, but you shouldn't. It was good enough for notorious director McG and the production chair of Will Smith. While the fresh princes of Hardy and Pine show they really are the men for the job even if it's unclear who Withersppon will end up with. That's what makes this film great, its crazy unpredictable and therefore insanely funny, watchable and thrilling. From the action set-pieces to the more tender moments this film has everything. War is good for one thing in this movie. Absolute entertainment. TIM DAVID HARVEY.