Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Get Him to the Greek

How do review a movie that disappoints until the final act, where it wraps up nicely? For the first 2/3rds of Get Him to the Greek, the Forgetting Sarah Marshall spin-off, I was preparing to tear into the film for trying to capitalize even further on a surprise successs and I was also ready to pounce on critics for overpraising a turkey. Then, as the film was winding up, there were some genuinely humorous and touching moments that would have justified the price of a dollar theater. Get Him to the Greek is about a record company worker (Jonah Hill) who has an idea to revive his struggling label: Have a massive concert in LA with the burnt out rock star Aldous Snow (Russell Brand). The higher ups approve and assign Hill the job of escorting Brand from LA to NY to Vegas to LA, which will obviously prove to be an arduous task. Although I liked both stars in the original, Hollywood has never heard of the phrase "too much of a good thing." Brand starring for the entire film as Snow proves to be a mistake and cannot match the laughs provided by the character in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The usually affable Hill does what he can with the material, but it is just not that good. A recent article said we are in a golden age of comedy and we just don't realize it yet, referring to the Apatow films. I personally feel that they have grown tiresome and await for comedies to take a new direction.