Tuesday, 15 December 2015
REVIEW: THE NIGHT BEFORE
Ding, Bong, Merrily On High.
101 Minutes. Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anthony Mackie, Lizzy Caplan, Mindy Kaling, Jillian Bell, Michael Shannon & Tracy Morgan. Director: Jonathan Levine.
Twas 'The Night Before' Christmas. And all through the movie. Not a creature was stirring. Not even a Wookie.
For the force of 'Star Wars' would not awaken for another night. Because on this special day a Robin, Falcon and 'Green Hornet' would on Santa's sleigh take flight.
On Rogen. On Gordon-Levitt. On Mackie. On a F.A.O Schwarz 'Big' piano runway playing Kanye. Lets hear it for the douche bags, lets hear it for the a##holes. Lets hear it for Ant, Joe and Seth and their love letter song to F.A.O.
Three bud brothers down to the last tote. On one special night the let it snow. A time honored tradition on Christmas eve. To stay together until like the Star of David they reached the top of the tree.
But then time happens year after year. Like a family's new born babies and NFL celebrity cheer. So when all its all about to be over for the one man show from 'Looper'. It's time for one last Hangover, no Bradley Cooper.
As Joe Levitt hits record on this Christmas movie revue. He's joined to the 'This Is The End' by your friendly, 'Neighbor'-hood king of comedy who last Christmas almost gave you 'The Interview'. This year to save you from no tears he's giving it all away all again. Yet who would have known we would save a special comedy talent coming to America in the Marvel sidekick to the Captain.
But that's not all superheros from our red breast rob. Smoking in the car like an on fire Michael Shannon, funny as hell, no longer General Zod. And how about three wise women for this big-three bromance with heart. Because Lizzy Caplan, Jillian Bell and Mindy Kaling more than play their pitch perfect part.
Now what more could you ask for this Christmas on your cinema screens. Than the latest hit, classic comedy from Levitt and Rogen's '50/50' Jonathan Levine. How about some storytelling narration from your man, back and well better than ever Tracy Morgan. Or references to the classics, from 'Home Alone' to 'Goldeneye' one and all again.
So reach for that egg nog and grab your Christmas sweater. Because when it comes to the good tidings of films like this nothing is better. Everyone's here in classic cameo, from a 'Wrecking Ball' to basketballs Baron Davis. Here's one Christmas party that goes harder than Miley Cyrus.
Seasons greetings from New York, New York the home of December 25th. For this Winters tale that is the lightest and warmest gift. No story will get you more in the spirit than three dudes that are as wise as the are tight. So Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night. TIM DAVID HARVEY.