By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Bros Pictures
Observe and Report
In 2008 I was consistently disappointed by comedic releases. I mean, each film's trailer looked amazing, but the given film could never live up to the preview. The trailer for 2009's Observe and Report was absolutely hilarious, but I do admit to being hesitant this time around.
To give us a better idea of what to expect, some of the first reports have arrived on the film.
Observe and Report Reviewed
Well, I don't know if I can give the first two reviews that much credit, as each is mixed on what to think of Observe and Report. Where they do agree, however, is that the film is an incredibly dark comedy that will polarize audiences. Check out a couple snippets below:
Seth Rogen tests the limits of his lovable-lug persona in "Observe and Report," playing a character who is at best wildly delusional and at worst a stalker in need of professional care.
Barring a Terry Zwigoff return to "Bad Santa" territory, it's hard to imagine a filmmaker embracing this dubious hero to the extent writer-director Jody Hill does. The result gets plenty of laughs but will leave an odd aftertaste that could make "Observe" less successful than Rogen's less ambiguous outings.
Think "Travis Bickle: Mall Cop" and you'll have some idea of what to expect from "Observe and Report," writer-director Jody Hill's shockingly and sometimes discomfortingly funny comedy about an unstable security guard who views himself as vigilant protector - and, occasionally, avenging angel - while patrolling a suburban shopping mall. Taking a setup that could have been played for sitcom jokiness and family-friendly slapstick, Hill attempts something much darker, if not downright transgressive, with a pic bound to divide auds and critics into love-it-or-leave-it camps when it opens April 10. It's a gamble that might pay off handsomely for Warners. Or not.
See what I mean? Check out the full reviews for Observe and Report by clicking the bold links above.
Observe and Report opens to theaters on April 10th.