Thursday, July 1, 2010

REVIEW: Danaholics review of 'Wild Target'

Directed by: Jonathan Lynn
Starring: Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt, Rupert Grint.
Rating: 15
Running time: 100min
Limited release, in cinemas now.
My rating: ***
A comic chase movie based upon the 1993 French movie Cible Emouvante, Wild Target isn’t exactly a masterpiece of hilarity, yet it has its moments. Victor Maynard (Bill Nighy) is a famous assassin who is so elusive nobody has ever seen him, not even his clientele. Championed for his ability to perform any job, he finds himself ashamed at his hesitance to kill a dodgy art dealer (Emily Blunt) when he starts to have feelings for her. Joined by his newfound protectee and an apprentice (Rupert Grint) he starts to travel down a road of amusing run-ins with other assassins, car chases, and romance. Bill Nighy performs his role with comic stiffness that reminds the viewer of John Cleese in ‘Faulty Towers’ while Emily Blunt steps outside her usual tautness to comic effect. Rupert Grint acts in his usual idiotic way, reminding fans of his turn in Chamber of Secrets, specifically in the way he shows fear. Yet he pulls it off with ridiculous but funny lines like “Is that a cow?? They look bigger in person.” Great supporting performances come from Martin Freeman (of ‘The Office’ fame) who plays Maynard’s replacement assassin, Rupert Everett as an art dealer and Eileen Atkins in a brilliantly hilarious turn as Victor’s mother. I wouldn’t recommend it to those who value the plot over everything else yet it raises a few giggles. This is mainly for people who liked over-the-top comedy films such as Shaun of the Dead and Rupert Grint fans, yet you may find yourself surprised at how funny you find it as I did. It is a silly movie with no plot to speak of but at 1 hour 40 minutes running time it is worth a look if you don’t take yourself too seriously.

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