Thursday, January 12, 2012
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil
Writer: Eli Craig, Morgan Jurgenson
Director: Eli Craig
Starring: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk
two country folk are mistaken for redneck serial killers by a group of college kids. hijinx ensue.
I don't want to write, "this is another example of a movie which was enjoyable but which is by no means good." I don't want the introduction to this review to set you up for an evisceration. I don't want to describe my enjoyment as 'visceral.' In fact, I don't really want to write about this movie at all and I don't really know why. But I'm pissy, so I will imply the things above and continue to spew from my fingertips, even though they're mitigated by decent performances and reasonably well thought out setpieces.
At a story level, the only thing this movie has going for it is its central conceit. Leila remarked that it was fitting to portray the college kids as dumber than the yokels, and it was fitting in two ways: It's essential to the story, and it's the only real joke. There's a lot of comedic mileage in tragic miscommunication, and this movie covers every inch of that highway and stops at every gas station. There are lots of chuckles at the interactions between some of the characters.
There are also plenty of guffaws, but once the film demonstrates its approach there's not really anywhere to go. Once the police are involved, the miscommunication must become collateral damage from the other deaths; otherwise there would be no happy ending. In our culture, this is not the sort of movie which ends with innocent people in jail.
i found this pretty durn funny. i love how the college kids were portrayed as the dumbfucks and the uneducated hicks were intelligent. there were several moments where both of us laughed out loud and that is rare in this curmudgeon house of ours. i will give anything with alan tudyk a chance. i think he's a funny guy. i specifically remember seeing this trailer on the site where i watch trailers that shall not be named, and thinking, eh, looks mildly funny... alan tudyk? sure. why not? so yeah. give it a shot because it's funny. the gore is great too. gore and funny. made me reminisce about "slither" which was another one that shocked me about it's funny content. and you know the whole alan tudyk, nathan fillion association.