Monday, 27 April 2009

Forgetting Sarah Marshall **** (For The Crawley Observer)

Nicholas Stoller, the director of Forgetting Sarah Marshall has possibly created a film that's funnier than Superbad (But if you didn't find Superbad funny then you probably won't like this).

Quick one-liners are thrown into this film throughout and have you laughing from beginning to end. Although it is easy to tell that this film has been created to make you giggle, the elements of Russell Brand's Britishness, Jason Segel's heartbroken state and the extremely laid back characters of Hawaii makes this a tremendously successful comedy.

Not only is this film a great pick me up, but the sentimental side of the storyline draws you in. At one point in the cinema a person behind me actually shouted 'don't do that! Oh you're stupid', vividly demonstrating how caught up you become in an almost romantic comedy, comedy being the main expression of genre.

Russell Brand has been used to good effect to advertise this film although most adverts don't do the film justice. To sum up his character, he plays himself but with a different name, so if you're a fan of his wild antics and comedy genius then you will definitely not be disappointed. And don't underestimate the other character's influences on the film. Jason Segel playing the crushed character that has split up from a very successful actress makes this film.
He places his appearances from other films such as Knocked Up into this role and going from his mannerisms to his movement, the guy is just plain brilliant. The two beautiful actresses Kristen Bell and Mila Kunis playing the female leads give even more appeal to this film as well.

Anyone who has awkwardly bumped into an ex before will be able to relate to this film. There is venerability, jealousy and pain all expressed in this movie but with a light hearted tone, as you would expect from a comedy. And although this film does drag a bit at the end, the final scenes are satisfying and bring the whole movie together. It is actually quite sensitive once you get past the moments of hilarity, and with such a diverse cast, the film really does mesh well.

I do have to make it quite clear though, the content is extremely adults only. With Russell Brand explaining his views on sex in a typically graphic fashion, amusing scenes in the bedroom as well as reenactments from some of the characters, it is a film focused around one topic. However, with relationships being the key issue, it's easy to see why these scenes of comedy are needed because to be honest, the film would be quite depressing without.

So overall, if you're looking for a film that will make you laugh from beginning to end with eye-candy characters and topics that are easy to relate to, go and see it.

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