Even by stupid romantic comedy standards, The Holiday is unfathomably bad. There are two parallel stories, which is two stories too many. The first, and marginally better, involves Jude Law and Cameron Diaz. Jude Law is ok - Diaz is awful. She is a charmless, superficial woman and why Jude Law could fall for her is unimaginable. With that story the film attempts to inject some overblown emotion at the last minute and tries to pretend like the audience cared about these characters. We didn't. The second one has Kate Winslet, a very boring subplot with an aging screenwriter, and one of the worst performances of all time by a horrifically miscast Jack Black. The Holiday is boring, it's annoying, it's interminable, and from beginning to end it's absolutely insufferable. Avoid like the plague at all costs.
The film excels at action both inside Africa and in Manhattan. It however aspires for more than it ultimately can deliver. Note the references to Heart of Darkness throughout. Naomi Watts does superb work here, making you believe that she has feelings with the gorilla. BTW, the lack of chemistry between Watts and Brody hurts worse than serious Jack Black (not half bad).
Yes, I'd even take it over the first 'Shrek'. Fun, funny and frenetic, with beautiful and unique animation, 'Kung Fu Panda' still doesn't hold a candle to the very best of Pixar ('WALL·E' so trounces this movie), but of the slew of CGI movies we've seen this millennium, 'Kung Fu Panda' is one of the better ones.
I love every scene in 'King Kong', but I can admit the thing is too long. Ultimately, it feels like the Extended DVD versions of Jackson's 'Lord of the Rings' movies: It's all good stuff, but some of it really should have been cut out for the theatrical release. And yet, there's an extended version of THIS kicking around? I would actually love to see it, because I really enjoyed 'King Kong'; it's just that, unlike the theatrical release of 'Return of the King', it actually feels its length. Better watched in two installments, but I love it.
You can't ask for much better than Stiller, Black and Downey Jr. in this offbeat and seriously funny comedy (note it finally kicked the Dark Knight out of the #1 spot). Tom Cruise's cameo as slimy movie exec Les Grossman is priceless.
Downey Jr. manages to steal the show in a tour-de-force role (acutally, 3 roles perhaps?) as bad-boy Aussie ultra-Method actor (Russel Crowe, anyone?), who goes ultra-character in his African American role, then outwits some bad guys by playing a Japanese samurai type for a too-brief yet funny scene. Stiller and Black are great as usual, as are the rest of the supporting cast.
Great opening "commercials" and "trailers" open the film, and tie directly in to the central characters. Funny parody of Hollywood with awesome actors and some great cameos. I can't wait to own this one so I can watch it again! (the gag reel should be good..)