So… this looks epic. I am officially VERY EXCITED to see this. I love when Akshay really throws himself into a role. I mean, I enjoy watching him coast and have a good time but when he REALLY gets into it… I love it. Of course, we know he has a mixed (to be kind) history with choosing non-traditional fare with some real stinkers. I mean, did anybody know their ass from their elbow in 8 x 10 Tasveer? Akshay reminded me of a baffled Keanu Reeves just like, "Uh… well, the script says this… So, I guess it's the case?" Khakee, though. That was on point.
Man, oh man, were there ever some long boring stretches in Special 26 but there was enough good there (especially in the casting) that I have high hopes for Baby.
Oh, and I've been enjoying Gawker's recaps of the Sony Pictures leaks. They show just how braindead Hollywood really is at its core. This one has the powerpoint presentations that feature some truly hideous marketing slides about how teens think Smurfs are "cool" and lists the themes of Grown Ups 2 as "friendship, loyalty, humor, fun, adventure" totally leaving out "Adam Sandler's buddies need a paycheck," "farts," and "fat guy jokes". ZING!
And the (possibly) good news for me… Action Jackson is playing! I have to admit I kind of lost my steam for writing a proper Happy Ending review after some twitter discussion. I don't know… the Debbie Downer mentality gets to me sometimes, even I try not to let it. I mean, I genuinely enjoyed the film! And it's totally worth a rental/stream on Netflix when it's available. I wanted to talk about the way it sort of flipped the Bachna Ae Haseeno/Devika Bhagat script formula. I really hated that the end of Bachna Ae Haseeno had Deepika's character suddenly decide she believed in "true wuv" in a COMPLETE character 180 but at the end of Happy Ending, though there was a similar set-up, Ileana's character remains herself. She keeps her convictions and, at the end, she never commits to anything or anybody. She just says… I'll give him a chance.