This week on DVD, we get to relive a cross-country road trip with Robert Downey, Jr and Zach Galifinakis in the Todd Philips directed, Due Date. Will Ferrell tries to take over the world in Dreamwork’s animated comedy, Megamind. Robert Duvall plays a hermit who wants to attend his own funeral, and goes to the town’s conniving undertaker, played by Bill Murray, in Get Low. These three titles lead this weeks DVD releases.
Due Date generally received mixed reviews. A lot of people compared it to Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. The eighties comedy starring Steve Martin, which followed a similar odd couple story. Todd Philips movies have generally been worth a few laughs, most noteworthy of the titles he has helmed would be the immensely popular, The Hangover. A film that went on to be the highest grossing adult comedy of all time. It appears Philips was unable to re-capture the magic that made The Hangover so fantastic. If you enjoyed The Hangover, Due Date would probably be worth a watch.
On the flipside, Megamind is a great animated film. It doesn’t live up to either How to Train Your Dragon or Despicable Me, but it was still pretty funny. It was the second animated film last year that featured a villain in the lead role. Which meant it drew a lot of comparisons to Despicable Me. This was a bit unfair, as Megamind was more of a straight, slapstick comedy. Will Ferrell was the perfect choice of voice, and the other voice talent were tremendous as well.
In the third major release of the week, Get Low, Robert Duvall portrays a hermit who wants to attend his own funeral, so as to get an idea of what kind of legacy and reputation he will leave behind. Bill Murray plays a greedy undertaker, out to make a quick buck, and happily obliges. While the story here wasn’t the strongest, this movie should be seen for both Duvall’s and Murray’s performances. Both men are great in their respective roles. Some people have even cried foul that Duvall didn’t receive any major nominations during awards season.
Get Low is going to be the pick of the week here. Robert Duvall is just amazing. If it doesn’t sound like something you’d enjoy though, Megamind would be next on the list.
Other releases this week:
The Last Train Home
The Killing Jar
Change of Plans