alldaveallen, on 29 August 2010 - 02:22 PM, said:
Watched "Hot Tub Time Machine" and "Zombieland." I would describe both films as near-misses. "Hot Tub" somehow didn't quite get the tone right... I think it was in some senses meant to be an homage to '80's sex comedies like "Hot Dog - The Movie" and so on, but it was a little too dark and creepy.
Neither one is terrible, in fact compared to a lot of movies they're pretty good, but I wouldn't put either one at the top of your Netflix queue.
Haven't seen Zombieland, so I can't add to that discussion, but I have to disagree and say that Hot Tub Time Machine is
terrible. I started the movie not caring about any of the characters and at the end of the movie, I still didn't care. I would think that I was supposed to like or perhaps just feel sorry for at least one of them, but not so much. I also would think that I was supposed to laugh at the movie, at least once every 10-15 minutes or so, but again, not so much.
And finally - this movie is supposed to be an homage to 80's movies (or perhaps the 80's themselves), it stars John Frakking Cusack and it takes place at a ski resort. Despite all this, it contains not one single reference
to Better Off Dead. Not one!!
That, my friends, is an epic fail.