I’m one of those people that “feels” the embarrassment of the people I’m watching on screen, especially if the characters I’m watching are making a fool of themselves or if they’re going through a super cheesy/corny moment.
That being said, I definitely haven’t sunk in my seat so much in a movie since Amanda Bynes’ She’s the Man (2006). Now don’t get me wrong, I actually did enjoy that comedy (I have pretty lame humor), but that doesn’t mean I thought it had an amazing story or anything and it definitely didn’t stop me from desperately wishing at certain parts that Bynes’ character would just not do the certain things that she did.
I pretty much had the same feeling about This Means War. The only stark difference being I think I was more satisfied walking out of She’s the Man than I did with this movie.
For one thing, after the first few minutes I realized right away I didn’t really like this kind of love triangle. It would have been better if Chris Pine and Tom Hardy’s characters weren’t such “great friends.” Feel free to disagree with me on this, but when I walk into a rom-com, I want to see a story that totally makes me wish something like that would happen in real life (of course at the same time being realistic and knowing it won’t ever happen, haha). The thought of two best friends tossing said friendship over a shared love interest though, I didn’t like one bit.
Secondly, I have no idea how the writers did this, but they somehow managed to make Tom a complete pushover, Chris a jerk, and Reese to be oddly not as funny as I remember her being when she was Elle Woods in Legally Blonde. Also, strangely enough, at a certain point it almost seemed like Reese’s character was just getting in the way of the “true love” that actually was blossoming in the movie. And after doing some Googling post-movie, I know I’m not the only one who thought Chris and Tom’s onscreen bromance crossed a line that made you want to raise an eyebrow, if you catch my drift. For those who did see the movie, I felt it the minute FDR (Chris Pine’s character) started leaving all those desperate sounding phone messages on (Tom Hardy’s character) Tuck’s answering machine.
I will say though, as predictable as the ending was, I think that was the most hilarious part of the entire movie. I shamefully admit I probably laughed a little louder than I should have. (Again, I have very lame humor that is perfect for movies like this one.)
By the way, anyone other than me think it was super weird one of the main character’s names was FDR? Silly name choice, if you ask me. Haha. Anyway, here’s my ratings breakdown for this movie:
Re-watch Factor: **
FINAL VERDICT: D+
Quite honestly I think the better Valentine’s Day movie would have been The Vow. I think that movie should have gotten the V-Day release date. Overall I think this is a movie better put off for renting on a super rainy day—and when I say super I’m talking cats and dogs here, hahaha.
Well, looks like today is one of those days where I’m on a roll with entries, so see you all again in a little bit!
Nice review. All of these leads try their hardest, but the script just lets them down too much with terrible jokes and very ugly feeling underneath this premise. I’m still surprised to actually see this getting all of the love that it’s actually getting from critics but then again, I guess certain people don’t mind these types of movies.
Haha and you know, I totally thought I was going to be one of those people that didn’t mind. Boy was I wrong about how I was going to feel about this one though. I wonder though if we can argue people are more likely to enjoy movies like these because there’s so much junk nowadays, people are just settling?