Valdosta Daily Times


August 23, 2013

‘The Butler’ may reflect too many things


VALDOSTA — Movie Review: This sequel is not as likable or as funny as 2010’s “Kick-Ass” (Director Matthew Vaughn). This version, while supplying some laughs and plenty of action sequences, is mainly potty-material comedy. The director Wadlow (“Never Back Down,” 2008) helms this adolescent piece. He allows the film to become a profanity-based comedy that is neither as smart nor as original as its prequel.

Dave Lizewski (Johnson) once again becomes the masked superhero Kick-Ass after Chris D’Amico (Mintz-Plasse) becomes a cloaked villain and starts recruiting a gang of evil henchmen. Lizewski is not alone. He once again teams with Hit-Girl, a.k.a. Mindy Macready (Moretz). The two eventually become part of a larger group of masked heroes led by Colonel Stars and Stripes (Carrey). Together, they must stop D’Amico.

While starring a number of youths, this is a not a children’s film. This action comedy is for adults. The violence is plenty. The profanity is hefty. In this sense, it is like its prequel. It is irreverent material from start to finish. The characters are likable, but they exist in a perverted, childish script.

A few genuine comical moments exits, but the film attaches no intelligence to them. Comedic surplus is also missing. This version focuses mainly on action sequences. When it showcases comedy, the moments are adolescent. This distracts form the originality that the first “Kick-Ass” offered.

Grade: C (It does not deliver the same kick.)


“Jobs” (Drama: 2 hours, 8 minutes)

Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Josh Gad and Dermot Mulroney

Director: Joshua Michael Stern

Rated: PG-13 (Strong language and drug usage)

Movie Review: Like or dislike Steve Jobs, this drama portrays him as a jerk, a perfectionist and an egoist. In between, the portrayal displays Jobs as an innovator. All those points are debatable. What is not debatable is this film is an abysmal moment of moviedom.

“Jobs” is an in-your-face picture of Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple computers. A lackluster screenplay, it takes about an hour and a half to become something of interest. Before that, it is merely and a film that shows how Jobs inspired many through Apple products. The problem is this screenplay is not very inspiring. It often portrays Jobs as cruel and boring.

Kutcher plays Jobs well, considering this is not biography. However, when the film’s setting is milling through the 1970s, it is easy to wonder, where is Fez from “That ’70s Show.”  

“Jobs” jumps through decades, detailing Jobs’ life with a demure nature that barely registers. It is not that the film is uninteresting. Rather, each scene is uninspiring. Director Stern (“Swing Vote,” 2008) and writers forgot to make this life tale interesting. All is a just a chronological mixture of scenes about how Jobs made a technology company a worldwide phenomenon.

Too bad, this film is not as innovative and entrepreneurial as it portrays Jobs.

When the iPhone debuted, it did not feature a cut-and-paste feature. That was definitely not innovative. “Jobs,” as a movie, needed some cutting and pasting. Like the first iPhone, this film needed more testing before its unveiling. More important, it needed a rewrite.                   

Grade: C- (A lackluster job.)





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