Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Dumb and Dumber To Review (Updated)

Dumb and Dumber To

Release Date: 8th January 2015 - Australia

Production Companies
Universal Pictures (presents)
Red Granite Pictures (presents)
New Line Cinema (in association with)
Conundrum Entertainment

Universal Pictures Australia

Genre: Comedy

Rating: M

Runtime: 109 minutes

Budget: $40,000,000

Box Office Gross: $169,837,010

Plot Summary
In need of a new kidney and
having learned that he has a
long-lost daughter, dimwit
Harry Dunne snaps his equally
cretinous pal, Lloyd Christmas
out of an apparent fugue state
to accompany him on a
journey to find her. The witless
wonders criss-cross the country
using whatever mode of
transportation they can find,
ultimately arriving at the one
place on Earth where they least
belong: a summit of the world's
brilliant minds.

Jim Carrey - Lloyd Christmas
Jeff Daniels - Harry Dunne
Laurie Holden - Adele Pinchelow
Rob Higgins - Travis/Captain Lippincott
Kathleen Freeman - Fraida Felcher
Steve Tom - Dr. Pinchelow
Rachel Melvin - Penny Pinchelow
Paul Blackthorne - Dr. Meldman
Brady Bluhm - Bill
Dalton Gray - Young Harry
Michael Yama - Harry's Dad
Nancy Yee - Harry's Mom
Bill Murray - Ice Pick (Cameo)

Based on Characters/Writers/Producers/
Directors - Peter and Bobby Farrelly
Based on Characters/Writer -
Bennett Yellin
Writers - Sean Anders, John Morris
and Mike Ceronne
Producers - Riza Aziz, Joey McFarland
and Bradley Thomas
Production Designer - Aaron Osborne
Cinematography - Matthew F. Leonetti
Film Editor - Steven Rasch
Music - Empire of the Sun

Years ago after having my blog set up to the web, one of the first movies I reviewed besides two of the TRON series is the mid 1990s' smash hit comedy DUMB AND DUMBER (click here). Unknown to me personally is that many people consider it the best film of the genre and together it brought the faces of Jim Carrey and directors of the Farrelly brothers to the public. I would never have expected five years from now the sequel of DUMB AND DUMBER reuniting original cast Carrey and Jeff Daniels to dazzle the fans once more. I never bothered to watch DUMB AND DUMBERER as the critics gave it a disappointing review and I did not want my opinion of my favourite comedy tarnished, also not having the original directors involvement, I feel would be detrimental to this kind of film because the primary element of the film is not having the creators ideas and not following faithfully to the original.

I didn't care much for some of the gags and jokes in DUMB AND DUMBER TO which were just cheap and delivered in too much obscenity. It retains some good doses of its comedic tradition and belly-laughter to please some of the audiences. It's been twenty years since Jim and Jeff had once played the two hilarious idiotic characters in the original but first instalment, the two have not lost their touch and still deliver their stellar and often comical roles. Unfortunately their performances could not save the movie of its mediocre input along with Bill Murray's barely noticeable guest appearance. 

I guess the Farrelly brothers team are not the comical geniuses like they used to be in much of their early years with movies like the first DUMB AND DUMBER as a magnum opus of their comedy routine. They should have spent more time on the writing as this sequel is very average-r. Hopefully, they'll improve this comedic saga with a third and then I can say that DUMB AND DUMBER THEE has totally redeemed itself!

Star rating: (5/10) Average

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