Gregg Araki’s latest feature is supposedly coming back to his roots, a manic, campy dark comedy inside the vein of his earliest works, such as The Doom Generation (1995) and Nowhere (1997). I have seen neither of the films which enable it to only compare the newest one, Kaboom, to Araki’s last two features, the beautifully sad Mysterious Skin (2004) and the underrated stoner comedy Smiley Face (2007). I am rather unhappy to report that Kaboom is nowhere close to as great a film as Mysterious Skin and, if you ask me at the very least, nowhere near as fun as Smiley Face. find more info Based on the experiences of renowned journalist Hunter S. Thomson, The Rum Diary follows Paul Kemp (Johnny Depp) during his period in San Juan, Puerto Rico the location where the newspaper reporter must contend with bizarre colleagues, debauched businessmen and unending nights of intoxication. While writing for any publication on the brink of collapse, Kemp bonds with booze-loving photographer Sala (Michael Rispoli) and drug-addled columnist Moburg (Giovanni Ribisi) and is soon approached by investment big shot Sanderson (Aaron Eckhart) to sign up in a shady property scheme. But Kemp has his eyes set on Sanderson’s sultry girlfriend Chenault (Amber Heard) and endless evenings of inebriation.
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Although it’s primarily a comedy, The Dilemma delves to the dark infidelities of faulty relationships, which uncovers some serious predicaments. The cheeriest of comic relief interludes can’t overcome the solemnity of disloyalty as well as destructive nature. But comedians Kevin James and Vince Vaughn certainly try, bringing their trademark playful, flirtatious, speedy, back-and-forth dialogue to the table. Allan Loeb writes the film, though Vaughn producing, it’s likely the scripting was heavily influenced. The sickly-sweet “getting to know the characters” intro will be the only segment that doesn’t scream of Vaughn’s verbal work, while using moral impasse as well as resolution coming across director Ron Howard’s material. It’s a go back to comedy from a decade of dramatic projects to the filmmaker, but not free of tragicomic substance.
Meanwhile, determined and persistent FBI agent Adam Frawley (Hamm) can make it his personal mission to look for and set away every last one of such robbers. With the FBI hot on his or her tail, tensions grow and friendships become strained amongst these heist men. As Doug tries to walk away, hot-headed Jem insists on continuing on which eventually results in doing any job-hitting Fenway Park. Such a big job though, with so much at risk and so much heat already around the crew as Agent Frawley is breathing down their necks, this indicates a supreme crap-shoot if the boys can pull it off. Urged on by Jem’s greediness and by threats in the local florist (who lines up jobs and runs the crime ring) played by Pete Postlethwaite, Doug is left without any choice but to give it an attempt as all of the cards are stacked against him and the crew.
A subplot with Dr. Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard) is unnecessary and wasted, the principal villain Parallax was made as much as be invincible then again casually discarded, and Hal’s love interest Carol Ferris (Blake Lively, proving she could only play one character) is hopelessly generic. It takes over one hour to devise a plot and forge an antagonist, and merely a short while to hastily resolve everything. Impressive makeup goes the path of repulsive instead of awe-inspiring, and also the costumes and character designs follow suit, appearing absurd in lieu of impactful.