Thursday, November 3, 2011
Tower Heist review; a lot of fun at the movies
I've said it before and I'll say it again; don't judge a movie until you've seen it. I had an opportunity to see Tower Heist and I was pleasantly surprised. The movie stars Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy and a slew of other great actors in an action comedy directed by Brett Ratner (Rush Hour). Again, don't judge a movie until you've seen it. No plot here, just opinions, so let's begin!
What I liked about the film:
Alan Alda). He asks for help from his brother in-law (Casey Affleck), along with Michael Peña, Matthew Broderick and of course Eddie Murphy! The lead cast are the ones primarily planning the heist to steal back everyone's pension money, but the fun doesn't stop there.
The support cast is wonderful! Téa Leoni plays an FBI agent, Gabourey Sidibe and Judd Hirsch round out an amazing ensemble cast of past and present funny people. I was pleasantly surprised to find everyone had something to do; they weren't just there for the sake of being there. Peña gets the best lines in the entire film, with Murphy a close second. Murphy does what he does best, yell at the white characters, hustle to get by, etc. Some of it was typical, but still funny nonetheless.
What I didn't like about the film:
I understand when we go to the movie, we have to let our imaginations go a little bit. But there are too many absurd coincidences in the movie to overlook. Take for example the beginning of the heist. The entire plan is about to go bad, but BY CHANCE, they sneak in a side door with 6 employees who aren't looking. Just to get inside where 15-20 more employees aren't looking. No, that doesn't happen. Minor set back.
A heist movie relies heavily on its editing. Like I mentioned earlier, they don't tell us too much about the plan until it has been set in motion. So the editing is crucial to the story. It felt unfinished. There were key scenes that should have been cut slower but in typical Ratner fashion, they were fast and frequent. Ratner has been doing this alongside his editors since Rush Hour. I can't say I was totally surprised.
The Score/Sound Mixing
It-was-terrible. The score by Christophe Beck was terrible. He wrote music featuring horns and acoustics that didn't belong in any of the scenes they were featured in. The sound mixing was so bad, I asked my wife and other people in the theater if it was just me or was it way off? They agreed, the mix was way off. I've watched movies all my life; I've seen movies where maybe a small part of the sound mix is off, but nothing like Tower Heist. These may be small, petty things, but I think it's important to note.
Much Better Than I Would Have Ever Expected