Masterminds

Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilsonmv5bmtyzmty5mzg1ml5bml5banbnxkftztgwntuzoduwnje-_v1_sy1000_cr006791000_al_

Directed: Jared Hess

Rating: M (Crude humour and violence)

Released: 13 October 2016 (Australia)


Full of comedic actors that I love, I approached this film with high hopes. Ignoring the low rating and mixed reviews that it had been given, I was still anticipating cheap laughs over storyline. Although there were definitely ‘laugh out loud’ moments I found them few and far between as two of my favourite comediennes, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon, underplayed and overplayed their roles respectively. Wiig has mastered comedic timing and sarcasm but, although she did have some funny moments, it felt as if she was meant to be an equal to Zach Galifianakis but the latter was far superior. McKinnon, once again, plays the oddball character. I was disappointed in her character as I’ve seen her work on Saturday Night Live and think she is quite a versatile actress. Unfortunately this movie seemed as though it was a copy and paste of her eccentric performance in Ghostbusters (2015).

The film is based on the 1997 Loomis Fargo Robbery in North Carolina. Galifianakis plays David Ghantt, a kind-hearted doofus with fabulous bangs. His engagement to Jandice (McKinnon) is awkward with very little back story to the awkwardness other than being a premise for him to have feelings for Kelly (Wiig). After Kelly is fired from the armoured car company for sticking up for David, feelings become a little stronger. Meanwhile Kelly is living with her redneck, petty criminal childhood friend Steve (Owen Wilson, in an uneventful role) and his family and friends. Upon hearing of a similar robbery, Steve has Kelly contact David to carry out their plan. With absence making his feelings stronger for Kelly, David goes along with the heist. With an unexpectedly large loot, David is ordered to go into hiding in Mexico on the proviso that money will be sent to him intermittently and with Kelly joining him shortly after. Realising that he had been duped, David goes about  seeking retribution from Steve and his friends.

With an ensemble cast that also includes Leslie Jones, Jason Sudeikis and Ken Marino, this film should have been better. If it wasn’t for Zach Galifianakis’ genius then I would suggest avoiding this film but he definitely makes this watchable and relatively enjoyable.

Rating: 6.5/10

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