Surprisingly Good - &Ishouldknow
It has to be admitted that the trailers and posters for this movie didn't inspire confidence. Thankfully it did everything that Paranormal Activity 3 couldn't do. It outshone its trailer footage by a mile.
Coming from the director of Rush Hour and X-Men the Last Stand with a fairly weighty cast, Tower Heist is the most surprisingly funny film of the year (so far). There are one liners that still make me chuckle just thinking about them. The humour is quick and dry (my favourite kind) and although there is no way that the farcical heist plot could ever have taken place, half the humour is in watching them try.
Stiller is on form as his deadpan self and Eddie Murphy returns to his best. (Disclaimer: I don't like Eddie Murphy of late, though I love Donkey. I'm torn). Once more Michael Peña shows his comedy chops providing just as many, if not more laughs than the rest. One scene a hilarious homáge to I Went Down, perhaps?
With an impossible plot causing more ducking and flinching at scenes than any other, I'm recommending you give Tower Heist a chance. It's funny, clever and suitable for all. (Just try not to think of Ireland's imminent bank rebailout as you do. That makes me feel stabby too)
Review published on the 02 November 2011 01:15
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