Movie the Week: This Means War

Movie of the Week: This Means War

This Means War is Released in the UK on the 2 March 2012

This Means War is Released in the UK on the 2 March 2012

Yours truly had the privilege of seeing an advance screening of This Means War starring Tom Hardy, Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon. It’s only being released in the UK on the 2 March 2012 so I don’t want to give too much away or spoil the plot, but as IMDB puts it: “Two top CIA operatives wage an epic battle against one another after they discover they are dating the same woman.”

Chris Pine of course made his international fame as Captain Kirk in JJ Abrams' reboot of the Star Trek series.

Chris Pine of course made his international fame as Captain Kirk in JJ Abrams' reboot of the Star Trek series.

Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a paltry 24% which I personally think is a totally unfair assessment of the movie. I laughed throughout the movie, the actors were all extremely likeable, and the story had a lovely Hollywood ending. The film doesn’t pretend to do anything else but entertain, so any expectation as to anything different would be wrong.

Do you remember Tom Hardy in Inception and Reese Witherspoon as the Oscar-winning actress from Walk the Line?

Do you remember Tom Hardy in Inception and Reese Witherspoon as the Oscar-winning actress from Walk the Line?

Directed by McG, this a 20th Cenury Fox production that reunites some of the best talent working in Hollywood today. McG is the man who directed Cameron Diaz in Charlie’s Angels back in 2000, and again in Charlies’ Angels: Full Throttle in 2003.

McG on the set of This Means War

McG on the set of This Means War

Written by Timothy Dowling and Simon Kinberg, those two chaps specialise in big-budget Hollywood films and This Means War fits perfectly well into that category: an action-packed big-budget Hollywood film that aims to entertain.With a production budget of $65 million, the film has so far made close to $40 million with a number of markets yet to open…..watch this space!

Simon Kinberg's Thesis Script at Columbia University was Mr and Mrs Smith

Simon Kinberg's Thesis Script at Columbia University was Mr and Mrs Smith

Timothy Dowling also wrote Role Models and Just Go With It starring Adam Sandler

Timothy Dowling also wrote Role Models and Just Go With It starring Adam Sandler

Acting-wise, Chris Pine reasserts himself as a loveable funny action man, Reese Witherspoon is back on top form as a great comedy actress and has been underrated in that category for years, whilst Tom Hardy performed well he most certainly proved that action films are most certainly his forte. Don’t forget the ultimate baddie in the shape of Til Schweiger, who you can certainly remember as Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds.

From left to right: Tom Hardy, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and McG

From left to right: Tom Hardy, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine and McG

I thoroughly enjoyed this film boys and girls, and would definitely recommend you enjoy it too!

Hugs and Kisses

Derek x

derek@ineligibleforgreatness.com

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One response

  1. Nice review Derek. All of these leads try their hardest, but the script just lets them down too much with terrible jokes and very ugly feeling underneath this premise. I just thought this one was completely stupid and it’s really surprising to see some major critics back it up.

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