Craig Robinson

Hot Tub Time Machine 2

I was a big fan of the original Hot Tub Time Machine. I didn’t go into expecting a lot, I just kind of saw it, and had a fun time with the film. The cast gelled and played off each other very well, the story was basic but fun, and the acting was not terrible. So when I heard a sequel was in the works, I was pretty excited. I saw the first red band trailer, and like with all comedies, it was the only trailer I watched. I feel that way I don’t get spoiled on all the jokes. So after the trailer I was still very excited! So I went to see Hot Tub Time Machine 2 tonight, and needless to say, I was way off.

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 once again stars Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, and Clark Duke, and they are joined by Adam Scott in a film directed by Steve Pink, and cameos Chevy Chase. This go round, Lou (Corddry) and Nick (Robinson) have really taken advantage of their Hot Tub Time Machine. Nick is a famous musician who has made a career making the songs that were already hits before the original artist could, while Lou has created Lougle before Google could hit. However after Lou’s nature gets him shot, the guys must once again take a dip into the Time Machine to save Lou’s life, this time, in the future.

Look, let’s call a spade a spade, this film is crap. All the magic and randomness of the first is completely gone. The jokes mostly all fall very flat, and the dialog seems to just be trying too hard. They go for shock value humor as much as they can and it seems forced, and just doesn’t hit right. Oddly even the chemistry is off between these three returning cast mates, and Adam Scott, who I like, is a little bit over the top. I don’t know if it was really missing John Cusack, or if it’s something else, but it just falls short.

Now there are a few laughs. They are far and few between but you do chuckle at a few parts. I think the best part is honestly the end during the credits showing a montage of them time traveling. That was another small issue. The trailers made it seem like they would be traveling through different periods throughout the film, not the case. They go to the future, to save the past. And all though Adam Scott is a little over the top, he does have a few good moments. Craig Robinson is probably the best character as the film drives on though. I think they should have focused more on his character arc, but then again I don’t even know if that would’ve saved it.

All in all it is not a fun movie, not worth going to see, and complete let down of a comedy. One of those sequels that looks to capitalized on the snap success of its predecessor and falls short, (the Hangover Syndrome). I’m giving it a score of 2.3, with a bonus of .2 for Gillian Jacobs boobs, giving us a Jeebus Score of 2.5. But how about you Jackass Nation. Did you like the first film? Are you wanting to see the second? Sound off in the comments and let me know!

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Acting, Entertainment, and Casting, and a max of .5 for Dialog, Cinematography, and Direction. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6 a film will pretty much have to be The Godfather.

Get On Up

One of the most influential musicians of all time, master of the Funk, James Brown! This has been one I have been looking forward to for quite some time, because I love the music. There is not a bit of music today that doesn’t take influence from the great James Brown. And his story is one I looked forward to hearing about and see unfold in theaters. The film follows the life of James Brown from his childhood to his final tour. His ups, his downs, the fame, the hardships.

Get on Up has an ensemble cast that includes, Chadwick Boseman in the lead as James Brown, Nelsen Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Keith Robinson, Octavia Spencer, Jill Scott, Craig Robinson, and Brandon Mychal Smith. Written by Jez and John-Henry Butterworth, Produced by Mick Jagger, and directed by Tate Taylor.

James Brown, on the most iconic entertainers of all time, has a very intense story. And it is very entertaining to watch it unfold. You see him grow up and become this larger than life character. Maybe to the point that he believes his own hype too much. It is interesting to see everything fall apart around him, yet watch James Brown stand up to it all.

The music is incredible, and they don’t skimp on the hits. You see him perform and play nearly everything you want. I was looking forward to Living in America, which is not in the film. I had hopped some kind of Rocky IV or even Blues Brothers reference. But that’s just me. You see his band come and go. You see him hurt and hide these feelings of being alone. Yet always come thru, because of a love of the music.

Get on up is filmed a little weird for my take. There is a lot of jumping around from time to time rather than the normal lineal story telling. I understand what they were going for, but it didn’t really work for me. It happens more in the beginning, so it wasn’t enough to really bother me. One thing that really did take me out of the film, was randomly, towards the end James Brown begins to break the 4th wall and talk to us the audience, narrating. It really felt out of place, but thankfully it is only for 1 or 2 scenes. Which again, is a little off.

The cast is phenomenal. Everyone fits the bill and plays their parts incredibly. Especially Chadwick Boseman. Boseman becomes this legend. No one can every mimic or replace the amazing voice of James Brown, but Boseman does great job. You almost feel like James Brown is back with us and you are watching him on screen! If the Oscars were being held today, this guy would be a serious contender!

I really enjoyed Get on Up and I think you will too. That’s why I gave the film a Jeebus Score of 4.3, a Good time at the theater.