November 17, 2010 What's
on at Burnham-On-Sea's Ritz Cinema
film enthusiast Molly Harding, who was recently nominated for
the national award 'Young Film Critic of the Year', reviews the
latest crop of films showing at Burnham's Ritz Cinema in Victoria
Street this week...
Due Date (15)
Peter Highman (Downey Jr) is flying home to be with his expectant
wife. But when after crossing paths with camp wannabe actor Ethan
"Tremblay" (Zach Galifanakis), he is struck off the
no fly list and loses all sources of hope, he is forced to ride
with Ethan on an intense shenanigan stuffed ride across America.
There's some outrageously funny antics-a-plenty in this film
but also missed opportunities to bring this from the street to
satisfactory to the highway of hilarity.
Todd Phillips, director of "The Hangover," I think everyone
was hoping for something just as good, but "Due Date"
just doesn't pack the punch that "The Hangover" does.
But comparisons aside, there are some genuinely laugh inducing
moments including Ethan and dog Sonny's late night "antics,"
a fantastically choreographed hysterical escape from Mexico and
a scene in which, at a stop at Peter's friend's house, they drink
coffee unaware of its true contents.
But I went in to "Due Date" expecting a consistant
gag-filled film but instead only a few main incidents which can
mostly be seen in the trailer. The whole audience did seem to
enjoy the film but it fails to reach its full potential.
Read more of Molly's film reviews each week on Burnham-On-Sea.com