Film Review: Blended

Blended

There is something about Drew Barrymore that makes casting Adam Sandler opposite her bearable. Blended does not recapture the charm of The Wedding Singer but, but fans should know what to expect.

On their first blind date for years, both Jim and Lauren decide quickly that they do not want to see each other again. However, when chance throws the pair and their families together, everyone must try to get along…

Blended is the type of film that certain cinema-going demographics will avoid like the plague. Certainly, the film is predictable. But it is not horrendous viewing.

Humour in Blended is hit and miss. There are some jokes that work. Nevertheless, director Frank Coraci returns to jokes that are not funny in the first place, which is tiresome. The one-dimensional African characters leave a bad taste. Blended would have been much more palatable to either give these characters more depth, or not to try and garner humour where there is little to be found.

The pacing in the film could have been tighter. Exploration of the different family dynamics is necessary to some extent, although some of these scenes could have been trimmed. There is some abrupt editing in the Africa scenes which is rather noticeable. In this way, Blended is a curious mix in feeling overlong at times, whilst noticing cuts in other places.

There is no doubt that Blended is loaded with schmaltz. If viewers give in to this level of sentimentality, there is no doubt they will be moved by certain moments. For those less invested, these scenes may come across as trite.

Drew Barrymore is as adorable as ever as Lauren. Adam Sandler puts in his usual performance, whilst Bella Thorne is well cast as Hilary. Kevin Nealon brings some humour as Eddy.

There will be few who go into Blended not knowing what to expect. If the film was less predictable and tasteless at times, and more humorous it would have been a much more enjoyable experience.

Stuff To Look At

Plenty of pre-Christmas visual treats this week, including the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer, 22 Jump Street, How To Train Your Dragon 2 and more…

A New York Winter’s Tale

A New York Winter’s Tale is a upcoming fantasy starring Colin Farrell and Jessica Brown Findlay. The film is the directorial debut of screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, who also wrote the screenplay based on Mark Helprin’s novel. A New York Winter’s Tale is out in UK cinemas on 21st February 2014.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Here is the first Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer. After the success of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it makes sense that a sequel would follow. It is unclear whether this new film will bridge the gap between Rise and the original Planet of the Apes films, but one thing is clear: Cesar looks angry. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is due for release in July 2014.

22 Jump Street

Warning: this is the red band trailer. The film reboot of 21 Jump Street was something of a surprise success in that it actually worked well as a comedy. In sequel 22 Jump Street undercover cops Jenko and Schmidt go to college. The film is out in UK cinemas on 6th June 2014.

How To Train Your Dragon 2

How To Train Your Dragon was a great animated adventure, so I have high hopes for its sequel. This trailer for How To Train Your Dragon 2 does not reveal much in terms of plot, but it looks fantastic. How To Train Your Dragon 2 is set for release in June 2014.

Blended

What is Blended you ask? Well it is a new comedy that once again teams up Adam Sandler with Drew Barrymore. The thing that is giving me some hope is that it is directed by Frank Coraci, helmer of guilty pleasure The Wedding Singer. Blended is out in the UK on 23rd May 2014.

Grudge Match

Above is a featurette for upcoming movie Grudge Match. The film pits Robert De Niro against Sylvester Stallone when they are offered a chance to re-enter the boxing ring. So basically Raging Bull versus Rocky. Grudge Match is out in UK cinemas on 24th January 2014.

Mr Peabody and Sherman

I want Mr Peabody to adopt me! Frankly what is not to love about this film? A talking dog, who is also the smartest person in the world. Fantastic. Let’s hope Sherman isn’t too annoying. Mr Peabody and Sherman is released in the UK on 7th February 2014.