This week in POP Reviews, we take a break from the action and adventure filled summer blockbuster season and take a plunge into the world of comedy. First up is Horrible Bosses which boasts a star studded cast from the likes of Jason Bateman, Jason Sudelkis, Charlie Day, Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston and Jamie Foxx.
For Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day), the only thing that would make the daily grind more tolerable would be to grind their intolerable bosses (Kevin Spacey, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston) into dust. Quitting is not an option, so, with the benefit of a few-too-many drinks and some dubious advice from a hustling ex-con (Jamie Foxx), the three friends devise a convoluted and seemingly foolproof plan to rid themselves of their respective employers… permanently.
There's only one problem: even the best laid plans are only as foolproof as the brains behind them
Well most people would take one look at the script and say it's weak and doesn't quite live up to the talents of the actors. I'd like to look at it differently because I found that what i liked most about this film was THE ACTING.
These guys carried the film brilliantly with their expressions, the way they looked on screen be it psychotic or stupid. Colin Ferrell was one to look our for among the villains or should I say bosses. He was really in a world of his own acting as an abusive boss with a serious drug issue. Kevin Spacey was in full Lex Luthor mode except crazier and Jennifer Aniston as a sex driven violating boss, well let's just say it was fresh seeing her this way.
The leads certainly had good chemistry with Jason Bateman doing what he does best in terms of dead pan comedy. Jason Sudelkis performed fairly well but the real stand out character was played by Charlie Day who was absolutely hyper in the film. His time on screen seemed to garner the most laughs in the cinema and his character was somewhat of a "hamster" as described by Spacey in the film.
So what transpires in a comedy about the worst-laid schemes? Well I think it's pretty obvious that these guys don't seem built for premeditated murder but are perfectly capable of mayhem. Oh and there's a big surprise filled with laughs about the revelation of Jamie Foxx's character.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
The leads produce a steady supply of laughs, though the jokes are rude and crude and the plot doesn't make the most of the film's set-up but like I said, the natural comedic acting stood out far more than the story and that's worth a watch.
Photos courtesy of Warner Bros Singapore
Horrible Bosses opens in cinemas 4 August
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