FILM REVIEW: This Means War

What do you get when you cast the new Captain Kirk against the evil clone of Captain Picard in a spy versus spy comedy action caper?

Two spies one girl what could possible go wrong?

The new movie from Director McG starring Chris Pine, Tom Hardy and Reese Witherspoon is an action comedy romantic love triangle mash-up. The spy genre can generally be put into 3 categories, straight (Bourne), funny (I Spy) and over the top (Mission Impossible). This Means War seems to somehow jump across all three.

We start of meeting partners FDR Foster (Pine) and Tuck (Hardy) while on a mission to stop international all round bad guy Heinrich played by the ever reliable Til Schweiger. We quickly establish that Pine is the smooth talking one and Hardy is the reliable English back up. After pretty much blowing the mission the two spies are benched and decide to let off some steam.

Tuck goes looking for a date on a website and meets Lauren and they hit it off right away, meanwhile FDR meets Lauren alone later by accident and decides he wants to date her. So two guys both wanting to date the same woman can be a funny premise but when they are both spies it takes it to a whole new level and what follows is some hilarious hijinks.

McG knows exactly his audience with this film and is not selling it as anything but a fun ride with lots of action and good-looking people. Is that a bad thing, hell no, just do not expect anything else and you will be entertained for 2 hours.

The humour is just right but at times I found myself howling with laughter which I have not done at a film for a long time. Pine carries most of the jokes well as Hardy seems a little at odds with this character and comedy as if he is having a hard time getting loose. Of course this could be in line with the traits of Tuck but it stills seems like a stilted performance by Hardy and that feeling never leaves you. However this seems to work well against the extremely at ease and always reliable Pine who has great comedy timing. Together they actually make a strange odd couple pairing that somehow seems to work.

A big shout out must go to the sister of Lauren played by comedienne Chelsea Handler who nearly steals the entire movie with her potty mouth and quick quips. Witherspoon is OK here and nothing knew from her but isn’t that what we love about her but I do find it strange that the poster of This Means War has the two leads between this gorgeous blond and for ages I could not figure out who she was and lo and behold it was Witherspoon. Is she trying to sex up her image maybe but it does not ring true to what she does in the film.

The music is composed by Christophe Beck (Percy Jackson, RED) who lets loose with a solid score that has both the action and the humour perfectly. Talking of the action you can see they wanted to have some over the top fun with this movie so just go with it and believe.

Overall a good movie that takes some time to get going with some laugh out loud moments where two leads use every trick in book including kids, art, dogs and cars to win their girl. A satisfying ending that could see this odd double act carry on for more missions.


GS Rating: 3/5
GS Reporter: Montoya

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