I’m not quite sure all the hurdles it took to get this movie to be released to the public. It was scheduled to be released last year and got pushed to early this year and pushed again to just a week ago(as of this writing). Something about distribution and finances, not sure. However, as a fan of Zach Galifianakis, I was definitely looking forward to this.
I’m gonna start out by saying even though the reviews were terrible, I laughed through almost the whole thing. And there were times where I nearly cried because I was laughing so hard.
Galifianakis plays a stranger-than-fiction true story about David Ghannt, a normal everyday man(a bumbling idiot), who gets lured by a flirtatious crush to a robbery and somehow manages to make off with over 17 million dollars in cold hard cash. However true to the actual tale is, which I have absolutely no idea, I just know that I laughed hard.
Playing along with Zach Galifianakis, we have Owen Wilson who is no stranger to oddball comedies even though they are hit and miss. Then we have Saturday Night Live regulars and alumni in Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Jason Sudeikis. The aforementioned ladies all starred together in the summer all female-led reboot, Ghostbusters. Chemistry is key when it comes to comedic movies, and each of the cast in their respective, oddball characters play along really great especially alongside the lead, Zach Galifianakis.
Masterminds rest solely on the deadpan humor that made Napoleon Dynamite famous, and Zach delivers it gloriously along with the help of his fellow costars. But judging from reading from the reviews of professional critics, which I’m not, it takes a special kind of appreciation for this brand of humor. And not many people have this taste. On top of that, it’s the kind of humor that is worth watching with friends. So whether you are wanting to something to watch at the big screen or waiting for it to come out on Blu-ray or digital download, make sure you see it with people who love to laugh.
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