Sunday, December 17

Pineapple Express Film Review

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Dale Denton works as a process server and to make his job and life more interesting he smokes pot. He is on good terms with his dealer and as a result he gets invited in when he goes to get some more pot and gets to share a joint of new and exclusive Pineapple Express which dealer, Saul has been given to try. When Dale finally manages to leaves Sauls apartment he goes on his last job of the evening which is to serve Ted Jones with papers.

When outside Ted’s house he witnesses Ted and a police woman murder a man and in a panic he throws the end of his joint out of the car window and tries to drive off, hitting several cars in the process and getting noticed by both Ted and the police woman. Ted rushes outside to see who saw the murder but luckily Dale manages to get away. Ted does however find the thrown joint and instantly knows it is Pineapple express as he is the producer of this new pot.

Ted soon calls his dealers and finds out about who has the Pineapple express which leads him to Saul and Dale and the chase is now on for Dale and Saul to escape from Ted and his men.

Will Dale and Saul survive or will Ted catch up with them and just what will the consequences be?

I was looking forward to seeing this film as it looked quite good in the trailers and showed some very funny moments. The film really was not a let down and both me and hubby enjoyed it. The storyline was good if not a little daft at times but taking everything into account and how this is a comedy then it was good and we enjoyed the storyline.

The lead role of Dale was played by Seth Rogen and he was super in the role, he managed to make his character likable despite the job he did and the fact he was addicted to pot, he really did make me feel sorry for him at times about the way his life was going and I did warm to him. He was portrayed as being slightly thick at times but this added to the humour of both the character and the story. He worked well and had a good chemistry with his dealer Saul, played by James Franco and they worked well together on screen and made their friendship believable. James also did a great job in portraying a doped up guy who had not got a clue what he was doing most of the time. He managed to bring a lot of fun to the film and I enjoyed how we did get a little bit of seriousness from him at times. The comedy which the pair made on screen together was really very good and enjoyable, none of there scenes seemed forced and they were very natural together.

We did have some good supporting actors in the film including, Danny McBride, Kevin Corrigan, Gary Cole and Rosie Perez. They all bough something different to the film and I enjoyed the diversity in their characters.

There are a lot of good funny parts in the film and these were mainly from Seth and James being on screen together, there was a natural chemistry between them both. We had a lot of visual gags too which involved Saul’s dealer and he was another funny character who made me laugh out loud at times. I found the visual gags were much funnier than the spoken ones for the majority of the film.

The film is set in the present and based in America so no real effort was needed with the costumes and props area but they were all good and fitted in well with the film and all looked realistic and natural. There were one or two special effects used in the film and these were well made and blended well. The music was good and very current and made for good listening, I enjoyed the way the soundtrack added to the enjoyment of the film.

The running time of this film is 111 minutes and I found this to be a great length with the story moving at a good fast pace from start to finish, there was no point when I started to loose interest. The rate is a 15 and I do agree with this as the subject is drugs and there is some bad language used throughout. I think people aged between 15 and 30 will really enjoy this film and understand and connect with it more. The DVD can be bought for around £5 which I feel is a good price.

As this is a film only review there are no bonus features to speak about.

Overall I give this film a good strong 4/5 stars. I would have given it the full 5 if it had not had such a predictable ending, don’t get me wrong it was still very enjoyable and fun to watch and I think this is ideal for the 15-30 years age market.

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