What just happened ?
(My Personal opinion)
Well, what just happened ? that's all I can say. When I heard the blurb for this movie I got all excited, a movie about high powered hollywood movie producer starring Robert De Niro and a comedy to boot.
After watching Robert De Niro in his other comedy roles I'd say that he can definately do comedy but unfortunately from a comedic point of view this movie fails somewhat.
Robert De Niro has hit the spot in his past comedy efforts such as Analyze This and Meet the Fockers but in this movie he fails.
Now don't get me wrong I didn't hate the movie but its more the case that it didn't neccessarily work the way that it should have. The story is simple it's a movie about a hollywood actor struggling to make a movie, cue loads of comedy moments, yes ?
Ermm, no. Thats the problem, where are the comedy moments , its ok, midly entertaining, somewhat amusing in places, but wheres the comedy ?
After past success you would have thought that Robert De Niro would have comedy down to a tee by now but it's not the case with this movie.
Unfortunately De Niro doesn't really shine in this movie as he has done in some of his other roles, his acting is best described as adequete and he is let down by a lack lustre script.
So what promises to be a hilarious comedy about a movie producer trying to get his movie made and the madness that ensues along the way turns out to be a bit of a mess which is at it's best watchable and at worst annoyingly unfunny.
It's a shame because I really wanted to like this movie, it has one of my favourite actors in the lead role, the premise of the story looked good and it should have been the ideal vehicle for some hilarious comic moments so "what just happened?" where did it go wrong ?
Well I think it's shortcomings are a combination of things, one being a poor script. I mean there are a fair few scenes which start out promising where you find yourself waiting for the laughs to come but then all of a sudden the scenes is over and you realise that the laughs just aren't coming. This add's to the frustration of watching such a movie and in the end it makes the movie seem a lot longer than what it actually is.
So that's it really What just Happened? is the kind of movie you really want to like but once you've watched it you'll think that your time could have been a lot better spent doing something else.