Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Movie Review:Due Date

Synopsis: Robert Downey, Jr. plays Peter Highman, an expectant first-time father whose wife’s due date is only days away.  As he hurries to catch a flight home to Los Angeles from Atlanta to be at her side for the birth, his best intentions go completely awry when a chance encounter with aspiring actor and disaster-magnet Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis) leads to the two of them being tossed off the plane and placed on a no-fly list…while Peter’s luggage, wallet and ID take off without him.  With no alternatives in sight, Peter is forced to hitch a ride with Ethan and his canine traveling companion on what turns out to be a cross-country road trip that will destroy several cars, numerous friendships and Peter’s last nerve.

Review: Downey and Galifianakis tandem was unexpected. They are like the modern Laurel and Hardy, the slapstick duo back in the days of black and white TV. Slapstick comedy is what we Pinoys enjoys most. We have it in our local movies and shows, classics like The Three Stoogies and the king of silent films, Charlie Chaplin. Rowan Atkinson, famed for his performances as Mr. Bean, calls it visual comedy because we don't need to pay attention much on the dialogue while we watch and laugh. Downey himself played the role of Chaplin in a biographical movie. Downey applied the same slapstick humor with Galifianakis in the situation of his character in the movie. The movie was directed by Todd Phillips and you can trace Due Date from his recent movie, The Hangover,also starred Galifianakis and produced by Phillips and Dan Goldberg(The Hangover, Old School). Due Date also stars Michelle Monaghan, Juliette Lewis and Jamie Foxx. Due Date Opens in Philippine cinemas on November 5. MTRCB Rating: R-13. Brought to you by Warner Bros. Pictures. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Phils.

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