|Written by:||Timothy Dowling|
|Cast:||Til Schweiger, Angela Bassett, Tom Hardy, Abigail Spencer, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, David Koechner|
|Genre:||Action, Comedy, Romance|
It's common knowledge that chameleon hulkster Tom Hardy is walking on water right now, giving each performance he's taken part in this year that extra magnificence that no other actor could do with it. Also Kirk Jr. himself, Chris Pine, is still rising in the ranks as an actor that has the talent, yet needs the opportunities to show it. And last but not least, Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon is still one of the only honest actresses left in Hollywood, who still can put forth an incredible performance. These facts are pretty much died down but not completely in the semi-entertaining "This Means War," a quirky little action buddy comedy that actually delivers a little bit of what it promises.
As much as I want to deny it, I got a big kick out of this movie. While its premise has been done before in millions of movies, its execution was sound although a bit lackluster, with action pieces being on the fast and furious side but also during the downtime, displays its funny bone rather diligently, even if it misses its marks on a few occasions.
Our trio of stars play their roles nicely with special nods to Pine and Hardy respectively. Pine can play the cocky man-child enormously well and here was so exception. I dare say I laughed at a bunch of his deliveries and believed his performance the most. Hardy stands out here as well simply because...well...its Tom Hardy! the man's been nuclear these days so he can pretty much do anything and be compelling. He made for a subdued and cheeky yang to Pine's over-expressive yin. (Not to mention it was nice to see HIM instead of the characters he normally morphs into. Hell I forgot he was even British.) So it was watchable to see these two not only work side by side but mix it up with one another, and definitely is one of the strongest points of the film.
Reese Witherspoon seems to be the only somewhat weak-link here, but not for what you'd expect. Her performance is fine, but I feel like in a film that's supposed to be comedic based, she played it too "Sex in the City"-esque, which wasn't what I wanted to see from her here. In a way, I couldn't help but wonder if someone like Tina Fey or Emma Stone had taken the helm here if the results might've been a tad different, but it is what it is.
Inevitably, this film has no staying power. Once the credits roll I doubt anyone who views it will want to watch it again and that's the mark of a truly forgettable movie.
But as it stands, "This Means War" is still a decent time with some chuckle worthy moments, a great back and forth between Hardy and Pine, some action, and a light-hearten demeanor to bring it all together. Definitely worth a rental if you're a fan of any of its leads or this kind of fare in general.