Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Movie Review: Walk Hard

Walk HardMovie Title: Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
Starring: John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Kristen Wiig, Tim Meadows, Chris Parnell and a dozen cameos.
Genre: Comedy/Musical
Directed by: Jake Kasdan
My Rating: 6.5/10

For those who don't know, this movie is nothing short of a complete parody on various musical biographical movies. This poster to the right, for starters, mocks Jim Morrison of the "Doors." Most of the story is a mockery of Walk the Line, with some random jokes off Ray and a fictional drug n' yoga experience with the Beatles. Walk Hard stars John C. Reilly, who has an Oscar nomination to his name and many praises for his supporting roles in various genres of movies. The rest of the billed actors comprise of current and former TV stars known for comedy skits and shows.

For a parody, the original music in this music is above decent. I wouldn't buy the CD but if any friend of mine is playing it in the car, I won't complain. Otherwise the story as a whole is expectedly ridiculously but unexpectedly hilarious! I'll admit I laughed throughout the movie. It may not be the best comedy I've ever seen, but definitely one of the best parodies ever since the Hot Shots! movie franchise stopped at 2, and Scary Movie flicks started getting lamer and lamer. This is one of the movies that don't have Will Ferrell in there but you almost feel it's a Will Ferrell movie. Maybe because it's produced by Judd Apatow (Talladega Nights, Knocked Up, Superbad) and stars nothing but comedians all throughout. This is a totally "leave your brains at home" type of movie with absolutely no wit despite the smart references, and would make a good rental with a bunch of friends on an otherwise dull Sunday evening. After watching this movie, you will praise Reilly for making a good effort as the lead character. Jenna Fischer deserves credit too. Pam from The Office never looked so... glamorous before. Well, she did look decent in Blades of Glory too. The supporting cast of current and former SNL and NBC comedians also filled their role well, especially Tim Meadows who played the drummer with a bad drug influence on the singer.

6.5 Out of 10. Nothing exceptional.

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