Hello, fellow moviegoers!
Masterminds is a comedy directed by Jared Hess. It stars Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Kat McKinnon, Jason Sudeikis, and Leslie Jones. When David Ghantt is convinced to be an accomplice in the largest bank heist in history, hijinks ensue as his cohorts try to cut him out of the equation. This film was directed by the same guy that directed Napoleon Dynamite. So is it any good?
Masterminds isn’t an absolutely horrible film, it’s just not very good. This film had the potential to be hilarious, and it does have some funny moments, but as a whole, the film fails to have any impact on its audience.
The biggest problem with this film, to put it plainly, it just isn’t funny. It does cause a few little chuckles here and there, but nothing that makes it necessarily memorable. There were so many moments in this film that the movie thinks it’s being hilarious. Unfortunately, it fails to actually make the audience agree with it. All of this might have been forgiven had the plot been interesting, but it wasn’t. The heist happens, and then it’s basically an hour of sitting around talking about what to do. When something finally happens at the end, it’s not funny enough to make the film finish on a strong note.
If this film had finished strong, I probably would've given it a positive review, but it didn't. In fact, I’m not sure the film was even given the opportunity to end on a bad note. It just ends. The big “exciting” climax of the film is going on, then all of a sudden it just wraps up and calls it quits. There wasn’t enough time for the film to really stretch its legs and find its footing. It doesn’t flow naturally to its conclusion. It feels as if the screenwriter really got writer’s block and then just decided the film was over.
While Masterminds as a whole wasn’t very good, I thought the actors and actresses did as good a job as they could with this script. None of them gave the terrible performances that typically coincide with a film like this. In fact, I thought that Jason Sudeikis, in particular, gave a good performance. Had he been given better dialogue to work with, then he probably would have been hilarious.
I think there is something to be said about a film when the funniest part is the blooper reel during the credits. The bloopers were the only part that I actually heard people in the theater audibly laugh, which is good for the bloopers, but not for the actual film as a whole. If the entire film had carried the amount of humor that the bloopers did, then this might actually be a good film.
This is a shorter review because there isn’t a lot to say about this film. Masterminds could have been really fun, it just got tangled up in poor writing. It’s not funny, and it feels much longer than it actually is. The actors and actresses gave good performances; they just weren’t given the right dialogue to work with. There are only two parts of the movie actually made me laugh: one of the first scenes in the film and the bloopers in the credits. Don’t bother seeing Masterminds.
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