Observe and Report

Film, 2009

Observe and Report’s intentions are at odds with each other; it wants you to take it’s characters seriously but sacrifices their humanity for laughs, and it wants you to be caught up in the drama of their lives but it’s plot is too linear and it’s direction too flashy to get engrossed in. If it had picked a side in these issues it could have been either a pretty funny comedy or a really engrossing dark character study, but it ends up not really being any of these things. (It occurs to me that this is kind of a reflection of the film’s bipolar protagonist, but still, doesn’t make for a good movie.) Side note to Rogen: tone down your trailers or start making better movies. Your trailers are fantastic and set the bar way too high. 2

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