|Not what I hoped for.|
Horrible Bosses is a film that upon seeing the trailer for I thought this looks my sort of comedy, I cannot tell you then how disappointed I was upon finally seeing it. There was nothing inherently wrong with the film, it was just not my sense of humor.
The story follows three friends as they realise they each work for some truly horrible people. After each of them has a particularly bad day at work on a drunken night they each agree to help the others murder there bosses and set about putting the plan in motion, but when it comes down to it can any of them actually go through with the deed.
While the film is well made with high production levels, the only thing that stands out to me were the performances of the three bosses. Colin Farrell was brilliantly funny and a truly despicable person human being, but he does it with an odd level of charm. Kevin Spacey is another despicable person but he has no redeeming qualities and is by far the most unlikable character in the film. He does however play the role brilliantly and is quite enjoyable to watch him play a character against type. And speaking of playing against type, the absolute highlight of the film was Jennifer Aniston. It is so nice to see her going against type that she steals the show, and the fact that she is gorgeous does not hurt. I cannot stress how good she is up she does not have a lot of screen time.
Now on to the parts that did not work for me, and probably my biggest issue is that the film was not really my sense of humour and thus I did not find it that funny, which for a comedy is a bit of a failing. Now saying that I do have quite a warped, dark sense of humour but I though the film suffered because basing a comedy around the act of murder is rather odd and the film takes a sudden, very serious turn that completely changes the tone of the film. This for me killed the light tone set so far and after that I don't think I laughed again as the mood had changed too much. There are good jokes in the film but not enough to keep my attention.
The other main issue I had with the film was that I did not find myself liking any of the leads. Jason Sudeikis is throughly irritating throughout the film and lacking any qualities that found me liking the character. Charlie Day was another stupid and irritating character who again I did not find myself liking, although the cocaine scene was one of the better moments and he did work well with Jennifer Aniston's character. Then finally there was Jason Bateman, an actor I have liked in previous films, was probably the best of the leads but I feel his character hit a bit close to home as I could relate to being stuck in a rubbish job and being passed over. This could be why I found the film to be lacking as it reminded me of a bad time in life.
In conclusion Horrible Bosses was not a film for me but you might find some enjoyment in it, just be aware that the best part of the film are the bosses themselves and that the main characters are a bit rubbish.
Trailer: Horrible Bosses
Everyone's had bad bosses before, but have you ever wanted to...MURDER THEM? Dunh dunh dunh!
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