26.9 F
New York City
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Home Film - Arts Review Cooties - A Film Review

Cooties – A Film Review

Cooties – A Film Review

The HORROR-BLE Descent from Slapstick

cooties-poster-as-Smart-Object-1Directed by Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion | Screenplay by Ian Brennan and Leigh Whannell. | Starring Elijah Wood, Alison Pill, Rainn Wilson, Jack McBrayer and Jorge Garcia.

Cooties is a step into the wacky world of Fort Chicken wherein supposed comedy mingles with horror. The film makers certainly show they know their way around a camera. If only they’d known their way around a well-timed punchline. I honestly went in expecting, or rather hoping to like it very much. Alas that wasn’t to be.

Admittedly, the film had a pretty decent start which managed to get some genuine chuckles out of me. That, plus the introduction of a truly authentic horror scene had me thinking I was in for something very special. Imagine kids having replaced their play things with body parts and you’ll get the picture. Too bad what appeared to be the beginnings of something promising was nothing more than a fleeting taste of what could have been. Things only took a nose dive thereafter.

The interaction between the cast of characters felt more like a very bad improvisational Saturday Night Live skit. Punchlines felt flat and overused.

What they had on their hands was something that could’ve been really really great. In the style of say, ‘Airplane!’ wherein logic took a backseat to laughs. I mean, in our gravity constrained world wherein up is up and down is down we tell tales which can either defy logic, adhere to it or both. I mention this since Cooties dabbles on the edge of the illogical with a number of its scenes. Something which altogether isn’t a terrible thing BUT… if you’re going to serve up something off the wall with the slightest absence of reason then my God folks, go all the way instead of simply taking half measures. If only the minds behind this creation were dedicated to serving up the wackiest of scenarios. If only, for inspiration, they’d watched and taken a cue from Airplane! or any other entry from the ‘Naked Gun’ franchise of films. All created by that mastermind of trios, David ZuckerJim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker. These were films which took logic and turned it on its end for the sake of laughter; and it worked! But here in this mess of a film? Not a chance.

Sitting here wondering what the film could’ve been like I imagine rapid-fire comedic exchanges amidst a gore strewn world of slapstick. Instead what we got was a haphazardly assembled plot with gags that went nowhere.

To sum things up this was a painfully unnecessary movie since I happen to be of the thinking, If you’re going to do something then do it right or don’t do it at all. I feel these folks were either incapable of coming up with something extraordinary or just plain lazy. Of course there’ll be those who WILL find this to be an entertaining joyride since one man’s humor is another man’s turd. I’m obviously not one of them. What you get here is merely a work which just barely passes for average.

- Advertisment -

Upcoming Events

Bailey House Gala Auction 2020

Bailey House Gala Auction 2020 Thursday, March 5, 2020 Pier 60, Chelsea Pier 6:00 pm - Gala Cocktail Reception 6:30 pm - Gala Dinner & Awards Presentation 7:00 pm...

Asia Week New York 2020 – Press Release

Asia Week New York Steps into the New Decade with Eye-Alluring Curated Exhibitions Representing All Corners of Asia March 12 to 19, 2020 New York: For...

2020 NYC Winter Wine Festival: Hundreds of Wines

2020 NYC Winter Wine Festival: Hundreds of Wines Saturday, March 7, 2020 Webster Hall Purchase Your Tickets Here… After a frosty winter in New York, who wouldn't want...

Clio Art Fair 2020

Clio Art Fair 2020 The Anti-Fair for Independent Artists March 5 – 8, 2020 550 West 29th street New York NY 10001 Visit as well the official site here... Understanding...

Purim Carnival

Purim Carnival Sunday, March 8, 2020 1:00 - 3:30 pm Commonpoint Queens Central Queens 67-09 108th Street Forest Hills NY 11375 We’re excited to be kicking winter to the...

Queens Borough Presidential Candidate Forum

Queens Borough Presidential Candidate Forum March 4, 2020 Commonpoint Queens Sam Field Center 58-20 Little Neck Parkway Little Neck NY 11362 As one of the largest human-service organizations...

Salon Performance Series – March Edition

Salon Performance Series - March Edition March 5, 2020 Mark DeGarmo Dance Studio Theater 310 Mark DeGarmo Dance presents the March 2020 edition of its annual, transcultural...

RISK! Live

RISK! Live February 27, 2020 RISK! is a live show and podcast where people tell true stories they never thought they’d dare to share in public,...

New York Flute Fair 2020

New York Flute Fair 2020 Saturday, February 29, 2020 8:30 am-7:00 pm W83 Ministry Center 150 West 83rd Street, NYC (between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues) Visit as well the official...

About

Help for Those in Need