WILSON and CHIPS quick reviews

Hey guys, sorry for the delay on these. Damn video games got me addicted again. But that’s all tucked away now and I’ll be getting back on track soon.

Because it’s officially been a couple weeks since I’ve seen these last two films, and the memory of them is fading a tad, so I don’t think I’ll be able to reliably give an in depth opinion like usual. But I’ll try to get my opinions of them across enough to give you a good idea of how I felt about them.

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(SUMMARY)

The story’s about this socially awkward kind of loser, Wilson (Woody Harrelson) who thinks he’s got life figured out, but he’s really annoying to the people around and a general negative-Nelly. He then gets in touch with his ex-wife Pippi (Laura Dern) and finds out the child he thought she aborted is actually alive and well somewhere in the world. Overjoyed, he goes on a search for his long lost daughter Claire (Isabella Amara). He tries to develop a relationship with her while learning about life.

Directed by Craig Johnson (THE SKELETON TWINS [2014])
Written by Daniel Clowes (wrote the comic)
Composed by Jon Brion (TRAINWRECK [2015], PARANORMAN [2012], and THE OTHER GUYS [2010])
Cinematography by Ferderick Elmes (PATERSON [2016], BROTHERS [2009], and Micheal Jackson’s MOONWALKER [1988])

(REVIEW)

It’s alright. Not as good as I was hoping.

Harrelson is usually a reliably great actor, and I’d be lying if there wasn’t some genuinely funny and even touching moments, but Wilson is ass-annoying. Though he usually means well, he’s a little too mean-spirited at times to fully allow me to be invested in him and his struggles. Dern on the other hand is amazing as usual. In fact, Harrelson is at his best when he’s bouncing off of Dern. They’re hilarious together. Amara’s a solid actress, and there’s some pretty decent physical humor, but overall, many of the jokes either fall flat, or it’s a story that has a resolution that you can see coming miles away. It’s not very original and doesn’t really do anything that fresh with its own material. I’m really curious to know how faithful it is to the comic book it’s based on, if it’s a little smarter, funnier, and more poignant, but this movie wasn’t. Not bad, by any means, but just not as good as it might have looked.

My honest rating for WILSON: 3/5

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(SUMMARY)

Jon (Dax Shepard) is a former motocross athlete who wants to be a cop to impress his girlfriend who has been distant since his injury. Frank (Michael Peña) is an FBI agent who has to go under cover to root out dirty cops. The two of them end up partnered and don’t get along, but have to learn to work together to get the bad guys.

Directed and written by Dax Shepard (HIT AND RUN [2012], BROTHER’S JUSTICE [2009], and slated to write and direct the reboot SCOOBY-DOO [2018])
Composed by Fil Eisler (HOW TO BE SINGLE [2016], and TV shows EMPIRE and REVENGE)
Cinematography by Mitchell Amundsen (RIDE ALONG 2 [2016], NOW YOU SEE ME [2013], and G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA [2009])

(REVIEW)

Ugh! It’s so bad!

I never saw the original show, so I can’t make comparisons, but taking a wild fucking guess here, it’s nothing like this movie. This movie is obsessed with jokes about rim-jobs, masturbation, and objectifying women left and right. What part of this R-rated comedy was for adults, when it’s laced in juvenile humor? That’s literally all this movie is and I usually really like Peña as an actor. He’s done great work in both comedic and dramatic roles, but this was soul-crushing. Shepard is popular on TV enough, but man, his film roles have rarely been good. He can direct well enough, I give him credit in that, but he cannot write worth a damn. He doesn’t tell good jokes, nor does he write good characters. Actually, I take that back, he can write good characters. I can look at what’s been presented and I can see what he was going for, but he never once made me legitimately care for any of them, least of all Peña’s character. I suppose the only fun thing about the movie is Vincent D’Onofrio as the villain, who is so over-the-top evil that it’s pretty enjoyable. Maybe one or two jokes work, but they’re so far inbetween that watching this movie was a chore.

My honest rating for CHIPS: 2/5

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