Movie Review: Dumb and Dumber To

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Harry and Lloyd set out on another adventure in the sequel to the beloved 1994 hit “Dumb and Dumber”

Dumb and Dumber is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. It defined a new comedy sub-genre called “gross-out humor”. Even though it was stupid, the movie had a lot of heart and a lot of laughs. It made me laugh so hard that tears were rolling down my face. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels were absolutely terrific as Harry and Lloyd, two dimwits who embarked on a journey to deliver a suitcase to a woman in Aspen, Colorado. A mere twenty years have passed, and we have a sequel featuring these idiots embarking on another journey in Dumb and Dumber To.

The movie opens up with a funny scene involving Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) meeting up with Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) at a mental institution. He tells him to forget about Mary Swanson (from the last film), which is the reason why Lloyd is spending time in a wheelchair looking like a hobo. When Lloyd is about to say something, Harry tells him to spit it out. Then he realizes Lloyd had pulled a 20-year prank on him.

After releasing Lloyd, they go back to Harry’s neighborhood to get a letter from 1991 by Harry’s old girlfriend Fraida (Kathleen Turner). He discovers that Harry has a daughter (Rachel Melvin) who was given up for adoption. They embark on another “grand” adventure to El Paso, Texas where a science convention is taking place. She is delivering a speech, and Harry wants to meet her for the first time. Lloyd starts developing a crush on his daughter (yes, he does have a fantasy about him living a life with her at one point). As they reach for their destination, they come across some encounters.

After starring in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Kick-Ass 2, two of the biggest flops from last year, Jim Carrey has come back to what made him become one of the funniest comedic actors of all-time. In movies like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Liar Liar, and Bruce Almighty, it’s impossible not to get a kick out of his physical humor and improvisations. It’s almost as if he’s the lost member of the Three Stooges. Jeff Daniels hasn’t starred in anything famous in a while, except for portraying several supporting roles over the past ten years like in Because of Winn-Dixie and Looper. I’m glad these two actors came back to reprise their roles as Harry and Lloyd. Unfortunately, they are the only reasons why everyone should see Dumb and Dumber To. It’s not good.

Following last year’s atrocity (Movie 43), the Farrelly brothers have tried to make a funny sequel to a beloved original. They did succeed in making me laugh at times rather than losing all of my brain cells within the whole running time, but it didn’t make me laugh as much as I wanted. It started losing its steam after the first half-hour with too much toilet humor and very little heart. Making jokes about the blind and people with autism is an insult to not only those who are blind and have autism but also to mankind. By the end of the movie, I had that feeling that I should just watch the original movie again. Seeing Rob Riggle camouflaged with a vending machine is not worth my time.

1.5/4

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Movie Review: Interstellar

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Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) and his daughter Murphy (Mackenzie Foy) look up in the stars in Christopher Nolan’s ambitious space epic “Interstellar”

Christopher Nolan has done the impossible! After making Inception and The Dark Knight trilogy, he has truly defined the word “ambitious” with Interstellar. This follows the footpaths of 2001: A Space Odyssey by going into the unknown. Unlike last year’s Gravity, he provides more of a philosophical look of space that will be discussed about for years to come. Interstellar asks a lot of questions about the world we live in. Is this the latest masterpiece that we have been expecting from Chrisopher Nolan?

No! With its 169-minute running time, the movie is 20 minutes too long. Nevertheless, it’s quite a rich, thought-provoking experience.

In the future, Earth has been devastated by drought. There are no food sources, leaving many people to suffer. Cooper (Matthew McConaughey), a former NASA pilot is living on a farm in the middle of nowhere with his father-in-law Donald (John Lithgow), son Tom (Timothée Chalamet; Casey Affleck as older Tom), and daughter Murphy (Mackenzie Foy; Jessica Chastain as older Murphy). When he is taken to a NASA installation led by Professor Brand (Michael Caine), he embarks on a mission with the Endurance crew through a wormhole into another galaxy. This upsets Murphy, but Cooper has to do it in order to save the world. His crew consists of Amelia Brand (Anne Hathaway), two scientists (Wes Bently and David Gyasi), and two robots, TARS (voiced by Bill Irwin) and CASE (voiced by Josh Stewart). While on the mission, he is required to think bigger than ever before. Not only that, he must choose between his children and future generations.

This is a career-changing role for McConaughey. He is beginning to leave behind his roles in romantic comedies (to be fair, his abs deliver much better performances in those movies), and becoming a true star. Some of the film’s heartwrencing scenes involve Cooper leaving his daughter behind, and beginning to think outside the box after Murph believes “ghosts” are in the house; leaving mysterious messages in dust like STAY.

Years later, while traveling through space, he stays young while his children grow into adulthood. His crew starts to question how love is hard to measure through scientific terms. This is a touching message that goes beyond the universe.

I wouldn’t be surprised if this movie gets some recognition this Oscar season, especially for its breathtaking visual effects and terrific performances from McConaughey and Chastain. Although this is far from Christopher Nolan’s best movie, it’s an experience unlike any other. This one of the most beautiful movies I’ve ever seen!

3.5/4

Movie Trailer: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Do I need to explain how excited I am for this!? I have been longing for the conclusion of The Hobbit to come to life on the big screen!! This looks beyond epic! I have a feeling this is going to feature the best battle sequence since The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King!! I am totally prepared for the end of one story, and the beginning of the next! Please let December 17th come faster!