CINNOMA!

Well, here we go. Back from the dead like… I dunno, that guy whose birthday we celebrated last week. You know… the one with the trees and presents. Forget his name. Anyway…

I decided to venture out from my warm-ish home on a bleak, dark, cold Friday night to go see The Yes Man, the new Jim Carrey face-pull-a-thon freshly released. I am a huge fan of the original book, and indeed the book’s author Danny Wallace.

Your cinema of choice was the Vue at Hamilton… ticket for the flick was £6.35, and the lovely regular coke/small popcorn and a kit-kat combo was not too bad (by cinema standards) at £3.25.

The cinema itself? Well, kinda bland, as I find most Vue Cinemas to be. Also, should be noted, I think I was the only single guy (or indeed single of ANY persuasion) there as almost everyone else was part of couple, and doing sickly sweet couple things like feeding each other popcorn and making lovey-dovey eyes at each other. Sickening. The other thing of note was the screen next to my movie was Twilight… and I have never, EVER seen so many teenage female Goths in one place. Honestly, if I was a vampire or 20 years younger, I could have died happily…

But I digress…

THE FACTS:

The Movie: The Yes Man
The Year: 2008
The Director: Peyton Reed
The Writer(s): Nicholas Stoller, Jarrad Paul, Andrew Mogel ; based on a book by Danny Wallace
The Stars: Jim Carrey, Zooey Deschanel, Terence Stamp, Rhys Darby

THE LOWDOWN:

Jim Carrey is a dweeb. One day he decides to say YES to everything, and becomes less of a dweeb, and learns a lesson along the way. Awwwww.

THE DIRT:

Well, first thing first – beyond the concept of saying Yes to everything, this has absolutely sod all to do with the book. If you’re going along to the flick expecting to see the hilarious antics of Danny Wallace, including a trip to Amsterdam and buying a strange green car… forget it.

With that out of the way, it’s not a real problem. The film itself is just your basic romantic comedy with a wacky premise. Kinda like Liar Liar, in fact… but let’s not dwell on that.

Carrey’s character, Carl, is dull. He stays in, lies to his friends to avoid going out, and has a dull job in a dull bank. He is, in short… a dweeb. His best friend gives up on him when Carl blows off his engagement party. When – shock! – out of the blue, an old friend of Carl’s appears and encourages him to go to a seminar where everyone is encouraged to say YES to everything.

The seminar scene is one of the highlights of the flick, with Terence Stamp gloriously dead-panning his way opposite Carrey to brow beat our hero into accepting the way of the Yes Man.

And of course, you know hilarity ensues afterwards. Carl meets a homeless man; Carl meets Alison (played by the really cute Zooey Deschanel) and falls in love; Carl receives *ahem* mouth lovin’ from his neighbour (another sheer highlight of the film, I defy you not to laugh); Carl saves a suicidal man from jumping by singing to him… Carl learns Korean; Carl learns to fly; Carl hops across the country being wacky and spontaneous; Carl gets accused of being a terrorist and loses the girl… Can you guess what happens in the end, folks? Yes, that’s right, Carl gets the girl! Yay!

Of course it’s sickly sweet in places, but hey, it’s an American Rom-Com, so you expect that. The funny stuff more than outweighs that. It’s not a movie for you to go and see and laugh so much you’ll end up with a hernia, but it does move along quickly and deliver belly laughs in places.

It is all very predictable and formulaic, but so what? It’s a nice, feel good movie with no real heavy moralising (except the final Carl/Alison scene) and for me, a killer soundtrack featuring mostly Eels tracks bar a couple of tracks from Alison’s band, Munchausen by Proxy… yes, they are really called that. Also, for geeks like me – seeing Danny Wallace himself pop up in a short cameo near the end made me all giggly… if I’d been with someone, I would have told them smugly who it was…<!–[if !mso]> <! st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } –>

THE BOTTOM LINE:

To sum up, it’s a fantastic way to escape your own boring life for a while. If you want a laugh, then you’ll not do much worse than going to see this. But for the love of all that’s right with the world, PLEASE go buy the book as well – The Yes Man, by Danny Wallace. Say Yes!

THE RATING:

EIGHT out of ten Golden Innos

To sum up, it’s a fantastic way to escape your own boring life for a while. If you want a laugh, then you’ll not do much worse than going to see this. But for the love of all that’s right with the world, PLEASE go buy the book as well – The Yes Man, by Danny Wallace. Say Yes!

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