What Pompted You to write a Review?
I had wanted to write a review about this movie since I saw it, but did not have a place I felt I could express myself fully.
How was the Plot, Acting, Direction?
The acting by Douglas and Turner were great. They showed how a couple could hate each other to the core. However, with that said, their script did not do a very good job showing how this hatred developed. It seemed to have come on strong mainly towards the end of the marriage.
The use of Sean Astin and Heather Fairfield was wasted as their children. I did not think that they added to the plot line in the way the story was constructed. These are both excellent actors and could have be used more in the story line.
DeVito did a good job with the comic timing and the overall feel of the piece. I think he should have worked more with the writers on the storyline to make the movie seem more logical and flow better.
Were You ENTERTAINED?
The movie was entertaining with the fight scenes by the main characters. However, in the back of my mind I could not understand how they could come to hate each other so much.
Did It Fulfill Expectations? Hype Level?
It was a bit disappointing because I could not fully get into the movie. Yes, it was very funny, but it I could not see how the couple had come to dislike each other so much that they were so violent towards each other.
Did a Movie Trailer Establish a HYPE?
Yes, the movie trailer did a good job of establishing the hype. However, when I was watching the film, I expected to have an explanation of why the Roses had come to the point in the marriage they were at.
Is This Movie Mainstream Or Pretty Obscure?
This is a very mainstream movie.
Let Your Senses and Imagination Go Wild!
I personally enjoy the works of Douglas and Turner both together and as individual actors. They are both very strong performers and know how to mix serious with comedy as well as do this while in very precarious situations. This is why they were great for this movie.
Visually, I liked how DeVito chose to use low lighting for this movie. It added to the sinister feeling of the movie. The beige color scheme also helped with this feeling as well as that the marriage was on the skids.
My biggest complaint is that even with the visualization and a short set up saying that the marriage had gotten boring, it still did not seem to be enough justification for the violence the married couple showed towards each other. There needed to have been more of a build up like maybe a montage before for the film showing how bad feelings had begun to escalate between the couple over the years.
I also wished that they had used the couple's children more in the film. I could understand it if the actors chosen for these roles were weak actors, but both of them are very good actors who had experience in film prior to this one.
Above all, Establish Your Star Rating 1-5 Or 1-10?
This is a seven out of ten stars.
Define what the Star rating mean to you...
This movie was entertaining and I would recommend it, but it left me with a lot of questions and had a bit too much violence for the premise of the storyline.
How would you recommend the movie?
I would recommend this movie to people who did not want to have to think about much while they were watching this film. People who are undergoing some sort of stress in their personal life should avoid it.
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