Amazing acting, great script, and just plain fun.
Jeff (Zach Galifianakis) and Karen Gaffney (Isla Fisher), are excited to have new neighbors Tim (Jon Hamm), and Natalie Jones (Gal Gadot) join their community. However, they soon begin to suspect that the Joneses are a bit too perfect to be true. What ensues is a lot of uncertainty, action, and comedy. Directed by Greg Mottola.
I absolutely, thoroughly, seriously, enjoyed this film. While the story may not be anything new, and certainly isn’t a film with a lot of depth, the performances, direction, script, and the editing, all but made up for it.
Simply put, the movie has a lot of absurd happenings told with such straight faces, that it makes it so hilarious to watch. I watched this on the plane, and I am sure, I must have disturbed some people. I might have even forgotten I was on the plane – I was laughing so hard (but silently).
Galifianakis and Fisher have great chemistry together. Their ridiculous reactions, and how their characters are so bad at being discrete, is such fun to watch. On the other hand, Hamm and Gadot are a little like trolls. They act badass well enough, but their characters are overly serious most of the time. It’s just too much to handle mixed together (in a good way).
What makes the film great is the subtle, and not so subtle jokes that come one after another. And what makes it perfect, is the delivery of them. Michael LeSieur did an amazing job with the screenplay. The cast envisioned the characters flawlessly. This is what comedy is.
As well, the film is very stylishly made, and has great scenes. The cinematography, sound effects and visual effects complement each other well. Plus, there is quite a bit of great action scenes that are nicely done too.
Overall, I just genuinely loved this film. It was a great fun to watch.
PROS: Cast, script, film-making
I give this a 9/10.
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