Wednesday Movie Night: R.I.P.D. (2013)

Maybe the biggest flop of the summer? I can see why as R.I.P.D is unique in nature. A lot called it a rip off of Men In Black even though the movie originated from it’s own comics. What maybe the problem is the sort of silly plot line and the competition this summer. The acting is enjoyable though at least from Jeff Bridges who seems to be having a lot of fun in the movie. Ryan Reynolds on the other hand looks pained as he does in many of his movies to be whoever he is.

Summary: Nick is murdered at the hands of a corrupt officer. He isn’t immediately sent to judgement though because he is worried about how a secret before he died might end up causing him to be punished. Instead he joins the Rest In Peace Department to stop the undead from wreaking havoc on earth. He joins with a new partner, Roy, who suffered a tragic betrayal as well that led to his death. Roy is going to have to help Nick though not only stop the man who murdered him from defaming his name, but also stealing his wife, Proctor.

Acting: Jeff Bridges is the strong point as Roy. He seems to be having a lot of fun with his character. Roy has a lot of great lines, and there is a lot more depth to his character despite his lack of serious treatment toward his story. I felt like Ryan Reynolds on the other hand took his character too seriously. There is just something about Reynolds that doesn’t feel like he mixes it up from role to role. I feel like I’m watching the same character from his last movie. Spoiler Alert:…Kevin Bacon makes a good bad guy, but he’s also a predictable bad guy as Hayes. Mary Louise Parker is also the love interest as Proctor, and while I like the dynamic between the husband and wife the two actors just don’t have a lot of chemistry.

Filming: The movie is made for 3D, and the whole appearance seems to be charged toward that. So what happens when you watch it as someone who is just viewing it on your everyday television? Well a less than stellar appearance. It’s more cartoonish than anything. This might work toward the comic vibe, but it just doesn’t have that appealing appearance for those who aren’t getting the 3D experience. The movie is short though and fast paced so the shots make it move fast and entertaining.

Plot:  The plot begins very quickly. I think that is one of the things that makes it difficult for the viewers to get tied to what is happening. Within ten minutes we have the lead character’s death, a bad guy, and a new partner. It’s a lot for the viewer to get in a short amount of time. By the end of the movie we are supposed to feel the hope of romance and loss of it as well, but since the love story is built and established so quick with little screen time it’s hard to connect. What does work is all the action. It’s fast paced, and there never a slow part of the movie.

R.I.P.D seems like entertaining, summer, popcorn movie to me. There is never a moment it lulls. Some of the characters outside of Roy are not as well developed, and the acting is a little forgettable. The movie looks cool though, and the fact it has Jeff Bridges seeming to enjoy his role as Roy is a lot of fun. Besides that the general viewer seems to be not enjoying this one.

Rating 7 of 10.

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