Film Review: The Internship

The Internship is a comedy that is heavy on messages and values, which is amusing as it is pretty much a two-hour advertisement for Google.

Veteran salesmen Billy and Nick are out of a job when their boss sells up. When they realise their careers are redundant, Billy decides that it is a good idea for him and Nick to try out for an internship at Google…

With a story by star Vince Vaughn, The Internship‘s comedy is tempered by its desire to promote messages. These are all fine, with the two protagonists telling their younger colleagues to be themselves, to enjoy life and so on. Perhaps as a result, the comedy tends not to be of the laugh-out-loud variety, despite what the filmmakers may have intended. Laughs are fairly frequent, but there are only one or two moments that will generate more than a titter.

The journey and life choices reign high on the agenda. The Internship very much sticks to the issues at its heart. The film is less a raucous comedy and more a comedy with drama, romance and coming-of-age type journeys.

Product placement in The Internship is one of the most pronounced in the history of cinema. This is unsurprising given the premise, but this does not make it any more palatable. The film functions as an advertisement for Google, detailing what a great place it is to work and how diverse the company is. The film attempts to instil positives values in the brand. This aspect is rather interesting given the company’s recent appearances in the news.

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson have not lost their chemistry from earlier outings. The supporting cast, which includes Rose Byrne, Andrew Garfield and Aasif Mandvi, are also decent.

The Internship may not be as satisfying to those expecting an out and out comedy. There are laughs and likeable moments, but it is hard to swallow the overt promotion of a company.

Stuff To Look At

Plenty of movie stuffs this week, including the latest Man of Steel TV spot, Disney’s Big Hero 6, the Coen Brothers’ latest and a Herzog re-release…

Man of Steel

Here is the new Man of Steel TV spot. Although the film looks exciting, the TV spot fails to answer the question everyone is asking; is Gus Gorman in this latest Superman film? Really, that’s what we want to know. Man of Steel, with or without Gus Gorman, is released in UK cinemas on 14th June 2013.

Big Hero 6

Here is the first look at Disney Animation’s Big Hero 6. I want to live in San Fransokyo, it looks amazing! The film is about a robotics prodigy who finds himself in the grips of  criminal plot that threatens the city. Big Hero 6 is due for release in the US on 7th November 2014.

Inside Llewyn Davis

Ethan and Joel Coen’s Inside Llewyn Davis is about a young folk singer in 1960s New York. The film stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake. But who knows, the breakout star may be the cat in the first seen in this trailer. Inside Llewyn Davis is due for release in UK cinemas on 24th January 2014.

The World’s End

Edgar Wright’s latest offering is The World’s End, starring past collaborators Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The film seems like exactly what one would expect from the trio; comedy and some very strange shenanigans. The World’s End hits UK screens on 19th July 2013.

The Internship

The Internship reunites Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. The comedy is about two advertising salesmen who start an internship at Google. The trailer reminds me of that episode of Friends where Chandler starts an internship at an ad agency and he’s so much older than the rest of the interns. The Internship is out in UK cinemas on 4th July 2013.

About Time

Here is the first trailer for Richard Curtis’ latest film, About Time. The comedy stars Bill Nighy, Rachel McAdams and Domhall Gleeson. I’m getting Groundhog Day vibes from the trailer, although I think the film is going to weigh heavy on the whole consequences theme. About Time is released in UK cinemas on 6th September 2013.

Aguirre, Wrath of God

I wish Werner Herzog was narrating this trailer. Werner Herzog should narrate everything. Anyway, the director’s 1972 film Aguirre, Wrath of God gets a re-release as part of the BFI’s retrospective of Herzog in June. Aguirre, Wrath of God will be screened at the BFI and selected UK venues from 7th June 2013.