Sometimes, it’s really hard to gage a comedy. Unlike dramas, comedy relies on some of the same tricks to keep it going. You’ll start to recognise patterns, lines and offense that should send you into a rip tickling raucous affair. See, you want to laugh but at the same time, you’ve seen it all before. So you’ll stay stoic, plum faced as your brain goes, “yes. This is funny. I find this hysterical” like a robot.
This is exactly how Masterminds feels.
Directed by Napoleon Dynamite’s Jared Hess and starring Zach Galifianakis as David Ghantt a lowly security vehicle driver who is thrust into an adventure and heist beyond his wildest dreams. When he develops a crush on his work colleague Kelly Campbell, played by Kristen Wiig, who ropes him in a scheme with some criminals. Unfortunately, the masterminds, well, aren’t and mob boss Owen Wilson’s Steve Chambers is a few dollars short of a heist, if you catch my drift. But Ghantt unexpectedly becomes the pansy of the group – prepped to take the fall.
I have faith with Hess’ work as his previous films have been comedic gems in my eyes. And the cast is stellar, especially with Jason Sudeikis as a psychopathic hitman and Kristen Wiig uniting with Ghostbusters’ Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. There’s laughs here too. However, they do seem somewhat generic or expected. Keeping reservations, there is something to look forward to here. But we’ll have to wait to August to find out.
MASTERMINDS IS OUT LATER THIS YEAR!