Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 74% (Critics) / 67% (Audience)
Directed By: Marjane Satrapi
Written By: Michael R. Perry
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick and Jacki Weaver
Studio: Lionsgate Films
Synopsis: A dark comedy about a likeable guy (Ryan Reynolds) pursuing his office crush with the help of his evil talking pets – but things turn sinister when she stands him up for a date. – (Source)
I sometimes forget that Ryan Reynolds is a pretty darn good actor when given the opportunity to stretch. And stretch he does as he downplays his natural matinee idol-ness to play the unintentionally psychopathic Jerry. Reynolds transforms himself very subtly so that he embodies this awkward, damaged man from his facial tics to his haphazard gait. He also was impressive providing the myriad number of voices for the the animals who all speak to Jerry. I especially liked his voice work as Jerry’s loyal lovable dog Bosco and the manipulatively abusive Scottish accent he put on for Mr. Whiskers, the most disagreeable cat ever put on film.
I was also impressed with just how dark this film went in the violent scenes. This is a “black comedy” but got downright brutal with some of Jerry’s kill scenes. And the scenes that would alternate between Jerry’s shiny idea of what his life looks like and the real world were really cool as they gave you a glimpse into just how messed up Jerry was.
Gemma Arterton was a delight in her role as the brassy office “hot chick” and unfortunate object of Jerry’s affections.
I really would have liked to have seen Anna Kendricks character of Lisa given more time to explore what made her tick. She seemed like a perfectly normal woman so her having a crush on someone as bizarre as Jerry didn’t make much sense.
Reynolds and Arterton’s dance moves were just….words cannot express the utter soulessness of their dance floor gyrating.
Final Verdict: A wonderful dark comedy that gives Ryan Reynolds an opportunity to show some serious acting chops while telling a story that kept me captivated all the way through. Plus who can hate a movie that has a pretty sizable body count but still can end with a big musical number? Not this guy.