Carole Mallory's blog consists of movie and book reviews and commentary on Hollywood. Mallory is an actress who portrayed a Stepford Wife in the original film and appeared in other movies such as Looking for Mr. Goodbar. A former supermodel, her writings are published in The Huffington Post and Hollywood's The Wrap. Her book reviews are published in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Norman Mailer was her mentor. Upon his death she sold her collection of writings with his edits to Harvard University.
Brad Pitt puts his soul into WWZ. His heart shines through his eyes, Watching him is mesmerizing. You will be unable to take your eyes off of him and not because of his dashing good looks, but because of his rich inner life. Pitt (Gerry Lane) is always striving to save his wife (Karen Lane) and their children, much as he has done in his role of Angelina Jolie's steadfast husband. He is not fooled by appearances. His wife in WWZ portrayed by Murielle Enos is perhaps his finest casting. After starring in the troubled TV drama The Killing,, Enos's first movie is WWZ and she has never seen a film about zombies.
She is a fresh face that loves the camera, WWZ has a great opening of a family unit being threatened by zombies, appearing out of nowhere. While driving through the streets of Philadelphia, Karen, Geri and their children are filled with terror, as you will be, by unknown creatures splashed on windshields and running in streets. But Geri is grace under pressure. The camera work is done in flashes so the mind does not capture the completeimages of the zombies which maintains the mystery and keeps the movie from being an over the top caricature of your stereotypical bloodsucking monster -- the undead...
The plot of this book by NY Times bestselling author Max Brooks, son of Mel Brooks and Ann Bancroft, is linear and not made needlessly complex with chaos masking as plot.
Geri who is retired from the UN is recruited to find the cause of a zombie pandemic. Geri, Karen and her children are flown to a safe air craft carrier at sea. From here Geri is sent to Korea where he encounters David Morse, a military pow, who gives him a clue to go to Israel where they have built walls to keep out the zombies. He says the only way to be safe is to be contained. From Korea all the while running and cycling quietly from zombies who are stirred up by noise, Geri flies to Israel. And so the plot goes into various countries and continually running from the undead. On the flight from America a scientist tells Geri to look for small clues to solve this mystery. Then in Israel you have one of these clues when zombies run by a man who looks unhealthy and dangerously thin. They do not want his blood. Directed by Marc Foster, WWZ is successful with its production values and direction of actors. The screenplay is written by M. Carnahan, D. Goddard, D. Lindelof and J.Straczynsk and has a great deal of black humor during all the bloodletting, my laughter was heard in a theatre of silence.
Stellar camera work and sound slowly build an impending doom. Don't miss this one -- though the ending sucks.
The Internship reteaming Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn ain't no Wedding Crashers. The problem isn't their acting. It's Vince Vaughn's and Jared Stern's predictable writing. Clichés abound. Wilson must have been paid a bundle to agree to this turkey. While Vaughn also produced The Internship, it appears he is riding on the coattails of Wilson and a fast talking agent sold this limp bill of goods to mighty fine actors.
The plot is a simple one. Two out of work aging -shall we say aspiring swingers,- lose their jobs because selling watches is an obsolete business in this computer age. We all tell the time on our cell phones. John Goodman is their boss in a "now you see him now you don't performance". And so Nick (Wilson) takes a job selling mattresses with his boss being none other than Will Ferrell, totally wasted in this cameo. Billy (Vaughn) must have used up a marker or two to get both Ferrell and Wilson and also a marker for John Goodman whose cameo is even more brief and less funny than Ferrell's.
After a stint in a mattress emporium, Billy convinces Nick to quit his job and go west young man to San Francisco to apply for a job with Google. Both boys are practically computer illiterate, but champion sales men in the film and in life. Billy talks Nick into trying his talents in the highly competitive tech world. The techies at first laugh at the naiveté of this awkward duo and perhaps have more laughs than you will watching this sad attempt at comedy. A series of challenges were given to several teams as actors: Rose Byrne, Aasif Mandavi, Max Mingella, Josh Brener, Dylan O'Brien, Tiya Sircar, Tobit Raphael, Josh Gad, Jessica, Szohr, Rob Riggle, B. J. Novak and Eric Andre round out a competent cast of genius college students and teachers at Google. A special mention to Aasif Mandavi who is the stern Google trainer. The winner of these challenges is awarded employment at Google. What is enjoyable is seeing what Google looks like on the inside. We have a visit to a strip club followed by a scene showing, 'let's get drunk and have a really fun time and forget the minutiae of the tech world'. Never mind the adolescent mind set behind this dated thinking. The Internship made me recall that iconic director of Last Tango in Paris, Bernardo Bertolucci, and his comments that today's films out of Hollywood have gone by the wayside and that TV is superior.
The direction by Shawn Levy is lackluster and appears that Vince Vaughn was heavily involved over Levy's shoulder in this process.
If you want to watch the real talents of Wilson and Vaughn rent Wedding Crashers again or as Bernardo Bertolucci suggests, 'Watch TV,' and skip this poor excuse for a movie.