Interlude 4: R.I.P.D.

We’ve been watching a few movies lately, specifically the new Disney classic Frozen, but I think I’ll fold that discussion into another one I was planning on ranting out, over feminism yet again. Needless to say, I thought it was an adorable film.

Last night, though, we pulled out the copy of R.I.P.D. that I’d purchased on Amazon a while ago, and hadn’t gotten around to watching yet. I’d been warned that this was a terrible film, so my expectations were rock-bottom.

So, given that, I was actually pleasantly surprised. R.I.P.D. was, yes, a profoundly silly film, but it was entertaining. A worthy fantasy-variant of Men In Black, it had a few laugh-out-loud moments even if they were mostly based on The Dude being a Wild West lawman (or, alternatively, a big-boobied blonde bombshell, the second of the two main running gags upon which the film was based). Cheap shots, yes, but Bridges earned his paycheque and apparently-widely-hated Reynolds[1] wasn’t terrible. He made a good protagonist even if he could have had a bit more character. And Bacon, well, he was his usual slimy self.

[1] I never saw the Green Lantern film that he apparently starred in and which tanked. Nor did I think his role as Wade Wilson in the Origins: Wolverine film was that awful, even if the later appearance of Deadpool was questionable. These weren’t Reynolds’ fault as such.

The special effects were the Bright Shiny Thing classics I love, the action was mindless and fun and explosionny, and the premise was fun. A bit of Beetlejuice thrown in, too. And I wasn’t a follower of the comic book, so I couldn’t be offended by the film’s failure to meet those requirements.

Yeah, I liked it. Solid Hollywood pap, nothing much to think about, nothing amazing, but entertainment for entertainment’s sake. Don’t expect too much and this one won’t disappoint you. Well, unless you have pesky high expectations of your evening’s movie-watching.

I didn’t. I just wanted something my dad could sit and watch without falling asleep and without asking “who’s that?” every four minutes.

About Hatboy

I’m not often driven to introspection or reflection, but the question does come up sometimes. The big question. So big, there’s just no containing it within the puny boundaries of a single set of punctuationary bookends. Who are these mysterious and unsung heroes of obscurity and shadow? What is their origin story? Do they have a prequel trilogy? What are their secret identities? What are their public identities, for that matter? What are their powers? Their abilities? Their haunted pasts and troubled futures? Their modus operandi? Where do they live anyway, and when? What do they do for a living? Do they really have these fantastical adventures, or is it a dazzlingly intellectual and overwrought metaphor? Or is it perhaps a smug and post-modern sort of metaphor? Is it a plain stupid metaphor, hedged around with thick wads of plausible deniability, a soap bubble of illusory plot dependent upon readers who don’t dare question it for fear of looking foolish? A flight of fancy, having dozed off in front of the television during an episode of something suitably spaceship-oriented? Do they have a quest, a handler, a mission statement, a department-level development objective in five stages? I am Hatboy.
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8 Responses to Interlude 4: R.I.P.D.

  1. I applaud your courage in watching films you have been informed are terrible! I am far too much of a movie snob for that.

    Frozen remains my favorite animated film of all time, and I can’t watch it enough! Thankfully my little girls, who are perfect ages to be the first Elsa and Ana shown in the movie (and temperament and sibling relations are strikingly similar as well!), can’t get enough of it either! Even after watching only 3 times or so, both of my girls can correct me if I put the wrong word into a line or lyric.

    And I look forward to your further ranting about feminists! I appreciated what you have already said about them and Frozen, and brought a lot of that, and more, to discussions with Mrs thepatriot. This movie is so INCREDIBLY pro-woman and pro-feminism, it truly sickens me that they would oppose it so strongly. I won’t go into it here, if the reasons are not clear I’m happy to elaborate. One of them, of course, is Kristoff (sp?) criticizing Ana for getting engaged to a man she just met (as with every other princess movie). And of course there’s the inherent hypocrisy of criticizing the movie’s physical choices for the females appearances all the while pretending physical appearance shouldn’t matter to anyone. Well played, feminazis. Well played.

    Feminism aside the sauna guy is one of my most favorite characters and moments. I hope he’s a fair caricature because that is awesome.

    And the first song with Ana, “Do you wanna build a snowman”, still tears me up every time. Actually I just got scratchy eyes talking about it now. And I’ve heard it like 10 times already.

    I can’t believe the same composers wrote all the amazing songs in that movie! This was a tour de force, and I never use that term. Certainly not lightly!

    • stchucky says:

      Agreed on all of this, to be continued in more detail if and when I get to that essay.

      As for R.I.P.D., I knew as soon as I saw the trailer that I would like it and that it would be one of those films I’d be in the minority for liking. So be it, it goes on my Shelf of Shame out in the back room of Bar Äijä’s.

  2. Sarah says:

    You know this is the same with everything in life.
    You’d think history teaches us at least anything, but that’s so rare.
    Feel free to disagree but the world changes rapidly, and we have no control over it.
    E.g., If only Obama had any balls to put Putin to his place, but it seems like it’s not happening, welcome world war.
    A very deep post, thanks!

    • stchucky says:

      Wow, I never stopped to think R.I.P.D. had such deep meaning.

    • I was with you until that bit about Obama. Seems to me any “putting” of “Putin” into his place to any significant degree WOULD lead us to world war 3. I’m not privy to discussions in the WH, but I would venture to guess the administrations actions are as tame as they are for that very reason.

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