Verdict: Horribly disappointing
OK acting, average story, horrible directing.
Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman) is a ordinary family man with a less than satisfying job at a corporate company. His life takes a turn from the ordinary when he finds out his identity has been stolen by a woman named Diana (Melissa McCarthy) who among other things has maxed out his credit card. He leaves his wife (Amanda Peet) and their two daughters at home to chase after Diana and get his life straightened out. Directed by Seth Gordon.
The trailer doesn’t look so bad, which is what enticed me to watch this in the first place. Carefully made and well crafted, the trailer hints at comedy and action with the rising comedic star McCarthy holding the fort. However the film was an utter disappointment.
The acting was not so bad, they fit into the shoes of their character’s well and had good delivery. The action scenes were pretty good too not many exciting ones, but it was pulled off well enough.
The thing that made this film pretty horrible for me, was the terrible writing and directing. The conversations were just so mundane and though the aim was to come off natural, it ended up being awkward and unrealistic. It might have also been the delivery by the actors and actresses, but since I’ve seen Bateman and McCarthy in other films, I don’t think they are to blame much. McCarthy has shown her comedic worth in The Heat and Spy (my personal favourites), and it is such a waste that Identity Thief could not join their ranks.
However I did notice that the soundtrack was pretty good, and indeed they got recognized for that, having won the BMI film music award. That was pretty much the only good consistent thing in the film.
Overall, this film had some nicely done comedic scenes, but not enough to save it from the terrible writing and directing which made the film pretty boring and a pain to finish watching.
PROS: OK acting and concept, soundtrack
CONS: Writing (script), directing, conversations
I give this a 4/10.
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