I saw he trailers and wondered if the movie would be as funny, or if they had shown all the "good stuff" in the trailer. Well, I'm happy to report that the trailers captured much of the essence of the movie, but the movie itself has much more. I don't know what some of the critics expect. Shakespeare? Hey, this is a comic book movie. It is a fantasy. It is not real and not meant to be real. But it IS also fun. It is quite possible that this movie will lose money, but that is simply because of bad positioning, overwhelming competition, and failure to deliver adequate <more>
advertising. But none of those things detract from the movie itself. I went to the movie with some trepidation, but found it to be funny and entertaining. It was consistent with its premise and it certainly had enough action, and even gasp character development. There is nothing really deep about this movie, okay? But it is good summer entertainment and definitely worth seeing.
Not sure what movie the other reviewers watched, we loved it! (by JukTheWise)
Having read some other reviews, my expectations were low. I'm so glad we took a chance on this little gem.We went to a matinée. Everyone in the group I went with enjoyed the movie. The rest of the audience in the theater was laughing right along with us.My husband was chatting with a couple of folks as we were walking out, and they were saying that they could not figure out why this movie was getting such a bad rap because they really enjoyed it too.Jeff Bridges was hilarious in his role as the experienced cop and Ryan Reynolds was marvelous eye candy. Kevin Bacon played a bad guy we all <more>
had a good time disliking.The special effects were so good that they never took you out of the movie to think about how they did it, you just went along for the ride. Some of the friends I went with can't handle 3D, so we saw the regular version.I can't remember laughing out loud so much in a theater in a very long time.All in all, I'd say we had a great time and highly recommend this movie as summer escapist fun!
This will be short. This movie is the best movie I have ever seen in the "Storyline is dumb more direct words are not allowed in a review , and we're willing to put up with it because it's awesome" category. In my opinion it has achieved something no movie has before: just the right amount of moronic humour, situational humour, over-the-top characters, and just plain ol' badassery from Reynolds and Bridges particularly the latter's cowboy impression. Laughter will be common when the action on screen is not taken too seriously. There is nothing else to add. Go watch <more>
it, if you want a good way to spend a pleasant afternoon.
A Good Mix of Previous Material along with its own originality (by breakdownthatfilm-blogspot-com)
Dark Horse Comics isn't one of the most publicized comic book companies around but they are just as significant as Marvel and DC. Starting all the way back to 1992, Dark Horse has produced their own adaptations to movie industry of their own popular comics. Unfortunately, most of their films did not gain the recognition they deserved because most of them weren't supported enough. Plus, most weren't bad to begin with. On that note, it's important to understand that this movie isn't just a copy of Ghost Busters 1984 and Men In Black 1997 ; it's mix along with its own <more>
unique traits.The reason why people relate this film to those two movies because it's about a duo, one is newbie and the other, a wisecracking veteran who work together on a paranormal force to take down ghost like creatures. But there's more to that. To get into this division known as the "Rest In Piece Department", you have to die; which is exactly how our main character Nick Walker Ryan Reynolds finds out about this place. What's interesting just about this concept is that the R.I.P.D. exists along side Heaven and Hell. Even if they aren't mentioned directly, it is shown that this particular division is able to have a say on who can join and who can't. Interesting and cool at the same time because it's a third way out if one isn't sure if you're making it to Heaven.Now it's time to elaborate on the actual antagonists. The "ghosts" that the R.I.P.D. fight are "ghost like" in the sense that they are killed in a ghost like fashion. But honestly, they're more like zombies called Deados, which gives it a unique spin. In Men In Black 1997 , Agent K & J used various techniques to unmask aliens in disguise. That's done here is as well but in a goofier fashion using Q&A cards and, another interesting clue is that the Deados cause things to decay around them. That's also awesome; a cool giveaway.Back to characters, partnering up with Walker Reynolds is Roy played by the charismatic Jeff Bridges. Both these two actors share some good on screen chemistry. Reynolds was the weaker half but he still played his character fairly well, however, he did embody the comic character more accurately as well as Bridges. Another one of a kind thing about these characters is how they're disguised as other people. Bridges as model Marisa Miller and Reynolds as James Hong - from the outside, it is one funny looking couple. Don't forget that you also can't die falling off buildings or getting hit by falling cars. Yeah, that's pretty awesome, it's like the writers incorporated a little bit "indestructible" into the equation; sounds kind of like The Mask 1994 ...another Dark Horse property.But that's not all, Kevin Bacon plays Hayes, Nick Walker's human partner. Actually it's been two years since Bacon has been in a movie, so it's nice to see him again. Also Proctor played by Mary-Louise Parker was done well too, her performance was possibly the most deadpan and it worked. Even more interesting is that she carries a small relationship with Roy. The special effects should be appreciated as well. One of the better-looking aspects of the film are the vortexes. They carry a beauty to them that make it irresistible to look away; maybe because it reminds me of Disney's The Black Hole 1979 , I don't know.One other part that was different about the special effects was the stop motion frames, where everything froze. That was different too, to just walk around and see everything as it was when you died was eerie. The direction was also well executed. Robert Schwentke, who directed the first RED 2010 film is at the helm and his ability to keep the audiences attention is done in the correct manner. Plus his shots move fluently, which makes it an easygoing viewing experience. I do have to pick a little with the writing though. A significant part of the plot relies on an ancient artifact, which to me is used way too often. There could've been something a little more interesting to use. The music composed by Christophe Beck wasn't bad either. Most of the time, the tracks were light and goofy and even had a twang in it for the character of Roy. There was even one scene where Bridges is at a stare down and music is being played where it sounds like a mix between Daft Punk's Tron: Legacy 2010 score and Ennio Morricone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 1961 . What was even more effective were the softer moments, Beck knew how to evoke the right emotions there. My only pick with him is that his score is a little too light, as in its not as present as should have been in the film. There was also a main theme which is important for a franchise to have. So honestly, to say that this movie doesn't have good quality may be judging it too quickly.Dark Horse Comics may not be as massive as DC or Marvel but they still produce very entertaining films. The characters are funny, the special effects are unique which allows it stand by itself even if it does take parts of other films before it.
Gets way less credit than it deserves to (by s-klose)
Maybe it was because of all the bad reviews that my expectations were really low but I managed to enjoy the hell out of this movie. One small thing bugs me though. That one orange car that falls from the roof near the end. It looked kinda like an unfinished effects shot. Which is really weird. Well, yeah, it's borrowing from a few movies here and there but it also has a driving story, and doesn't stray from the path a lot. Fun all the way. All the actors are pretty good, some even bringing their A-Game. My only gripe would be that some of the creature shots look like right out of an <more>
animated movie. Or is that just because animated movies have become so good? Can you justify a Blind Buy of the Blu Ray? Yes you can!
OK first i would like to address something people need to stop associating movies to other and base it off that and i want to point out that when i was watching this movie i didn't think about MIB or ghost busters. Now that i said that the movie was very good it made me laugh a lot the story was a little weak but overall it doesn't make the entire movie bad the action was great and the ending was pretty good. i don't understand why this movie is such bad reviews well other than the people comparing it to other movies.Overall it was very good for a movie based off a comic book and <more>
i hope they make a sequel cause they left it open for one.
When I first saw the trailer for R.I.P.D. there were 2 things that made me wanna see it. 1. I love Ryan Reynolds Jeff Bridges and Kevin Bacon. 2. It just looked really entertaining. Thats not to say of course that this movie is without it's flaws.You do get a feeling like in a way you have already seen this movie before and thats because in some ways it's a lot like Men in Black. that does somewhat pull you out of the movie at times but it really is not that big a problem. In my opinion the pros in this movie far out weigh the cons. It is a fun movie with interesting and likable <more>
characters. A cool idea that is fairly well writtin and just an overall fun movie to watch.Thats really all I have to say about R.I.P.D. I don't really understand all of the hate thats it has gotten it really does not deserve all of that. Have people forgotten how to just have fun sometimes? I give R.I.P.D. a 7.5/10
An effective spoof of the Men-In-Black genre. (by PWNYCNY)
Foghorn Leghorn comes alive in the person of Roy in this hilarious spoof of the Men in Black series. After reading a slew of reviews that trashed this movie, I decided to watch the movie and judge for myself. Apparently, what I watched significantly differed from what these other reviewers had seen. This movie is obviously a spoof on the Men-In-Black movies, with Jeff Bridges reprieving his Rooster Cogburn role, this time in a character named Roy, with highly amusing results. Indeed at times Bridges performance is hilarious as he and his sidekick Nick bicker and exchange taunts and insults <more>
when not destroying "Deadies" who have escaped back to earth. Although Ryan Reynolds co-stars, Bridges dominates the movie. His performance is so strong that he overshadows every other cast member in the movie. Although some of the special effects are cheesy and most of the story is hokey and contrived, such as the love interest between Nick and his wife which really stretches literary license to the limit, the movie nevertheless is engaging and keeps the audience's attention. This is the case because despite his gruffness, Roy is an engaging character. Mary Louise Parker and Kevin Bacon perform wonderfully in supporting roles, with Parker demonstrating a talent for dead-pan humor and Bacon playing a bad guy with much effectiveness. Furthermore, the movie ends on an upbeat note, with the two main characters having resolved the interpersonal issues that had initially strained their relationship. Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds work well together; also, Bridges sings two songs, revealing an excellent singing voice. If one is expecting a sci-fi classic, you will be disappointed. But if one is expecting a well-crafted comedy that will keep you entertained, then you will be gratified.
I find R.I.P.D. a fun and laughable movie to watch. I'm not saying it goes without its flaws throughout but the good outweighs the bad. The movie has its up and downs. There is the sad parts, the thrilling parts and the just outrageous parts that make you laugh.I think this is a movie I am going to buy and watch again. So I rate it 8.3/10!SO WATCH AND ENJOY!!!! Don't try to think of the bad reviews that make the movie seem horrible. Just watch because its a funny movie! If you like Ryan Reynolds then its a must. Jeff Bridges plays a good western character in this movie as seen in the <more>
previews and Ryan plays a Boston cop as seen in previews .