R.I.P.D. (2013)

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I did not like this movie. Not one little bit. This was one of the poorest efforts of 2013. I really did not like this film. It never really reaches the point where it is a real stinker of a film, but it is an awful film.

The problem with this film is that it tries to be the new Ghostbusters or Men in Black. However, it misses out some fundamental qualities those films had. For example, some likable leads. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones made Men in Black so iconic because they really gave it their all. Their characters were fully developed and very fun to watch. The same goes for Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson and the late Harold Ramis in Ghostbusters – they complement each other. Jeff Bridges is a great actor, but here he just phones it in major. This seems like little more than a paycheck to him. Ryan Reynolds has yet to impress me, and in this film he is just painfully boring. The duo is an odd couple, but not a funny one. Actually, they’re a very uncomfortable couple. This could maybe have been solved if Ryan Reynolds actually knew they were making a comedy (I think he thought this was a serious film), or if they cast a talented actor as Nick Walker – did they need to have a pretty boy play the character? Not exactly. There are tons of suitable actors who could have played the role and given the film so credibility. Some names to consider include Bradley Cooper, Kevin Hart and any of the men from SNL over the past decade. When the older, cranky character bares the comedic brunt, then there is a problem.

My question was – were they really happy with this film? It was an adaptation of a great comic, and turned it into a crappy blockbuster that wasn’t a blockbuster. The effects were just slightly better than a video game, and the story was so contrived, not because of the source material, but instead due to the efforts to make this the new Ghostbusters or Men in Black. No thanks. If there is any saving grace, it is that this film clocked in at just over 90 minutes, putting us out of our misery relatively fast.

Not the worst film ever made, and I doubt it will make one cringe, but it is boring and basic, and could have been done much better.

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