In Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) Steve Carrell plays an insurance cubicle drone, waiting for the end of the world which is only days away. Chaos is muted to people either quietly ignoring imminent Ragnarok or partying away to the point of lunacy. This is, ostensibly, a comedy, but it’s low-key and fairly dead-pan tone along with a lack of likeable, sympathetic or even interesting characters, does not make this a laugh-a-minute. Actually, even its attempt at gallows humour fails. Steve Carrell needs to try on another acting mask. Perhaps get his agent to do him a Cranston and let him play a villain.* Boring.
Speaking of flipping type, its refreshing to see Colin Farrell, someone I’ve roundly panned in this blog for taking on tough-guy roles, playing a character more suitable to his onscreen presence. I am talking about his latest starring role in the comedy Seven Psychopaths. I haven’t actually seen the movie yet, so I’ll reserve judgement for now, but kudos for trying something else Mr. Farrell.
Reviews in the special Christmas podcast for Men in Black 3, The Words, Safe House and Safety Not Guaranteed coming soon. Stay tuned.
*Update 2013-12-24 21.04, A Slight Retraction (With Free Whine): Proof that nobody reads this blog, nor cares enough to correct me, because Carrel did, of course, play a villain two years before in Despicable Me (2010). Duhhh! (And sorry Steve).