Friday, September 30, 2016

Masterminds Movie Review

Kristen Wiig & Zach Galifianakis (r) star in Masterminds

Planet Cornball

Rotten Tomatoes Plot: In this action comedy based on true events, directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre), David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people's money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime. Along with a group of half-brained criminals led by Steve Chambers (Owen Wilson) and an absurdly faulted heist plan, David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash...only problem is he foolishly hands the money over to this wild group of double crossers and has been set up to take the fall. With the bandits blowing the millions on lavish and ridiculous luxuries, they leave behind a glaring trail of evidence. Now on the lam and in over his head, David must dodge the authorities, evade a hilarious hit man, Mike McKinney (Jason Sudeikis) and try to turn the tables on the ones he trusted most.

You might be a redneck if... you like Hess's Masterminds. Then again, you (yes, you) might laugh your ass off. Most of the movie is relatively boring/dumb (I fell asleep for 10-15 minutes) but there's a handful of genuine laugh-out-loud moments (anaconda contacts, photo shoot) that make it all seem worthwhile. Galifianakis is responsible for most of 'em (Kate McKinnon too.) So much so, I'd love to see them pair up again (move over Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.) Don't expect much, save for the aforementioned glimpses of hilarity... and a thankfully short 94-minute runtime. Sounds OK to me.

Grade: C+