Thursday, September 17, 2009
OBSERVE AND REPORT (2009)
“Observe and Report” on Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand & Digital Download September 22.
Okay, when this first came out I missed it at the theater. The trailers all played it like a comedy and I had already seen Paul Blart, Mall Cop.
Then I watched this work of genius.
I received the DVD in the mail yesterday and I have already watched it twice. What can I say? I am flabbergasted by many things concerning this film.
The first would have to be that this is being advertised as a comedy. Maybe if you look at it as the blackest comedy you have ever seen. This is nothing like a comedy. There are so many characters in this film that ring true to life that it is almost painful to watch.
How many films have you seen where they do a montage of people in a mall. Plenty I bet. From Fast Times At Ridgemont High to Mallrats. The mall is always played out as this bright, shiny happy place.
The mall in Observe And Report is very bright and very shiny, but the people shown in it are all to real. This is not a place for the beautiful people. It's a place for the people who really exist. It kind of throws you off a bit.
Ronnie Barnhardt (Seth Rogen) is the head of mall security. He lives in an insular little world where he is in charge.
Then it hits the fan. First we get a flasher who is running around the mall showing his nasty goodies to everyone and then the stores start getting robbed after hours. Ronnie knows that this is his time to shine. He can catch the pervert, catch the robber and impress the really hot girl, Brandy (Anna Faris) in the process.
Kind of plays like a fantasy doesn't it?
And how many times do our fantasies really play out like we envision them?
That's right, never.
This is no safe little comedy to watch with the kiddies. If ever a film has earned it's R rating, Observe And Report would be it.
Ronnie isn't a hero. He's a guy who has bipolar disorder and is off his meds. He has a delusional sense of what is right and wrong and is dangerous to himself and others.
That being said, Ronnie Barnhardt is my hero. This is a man who, no matter how twisted he may be mentally, has a dream and will overcome all obstacles to achieve what he wants. Sure, sometimes he doesn't know what he wants, but he never backs down.
If it makes him an unpopular dickhead, Ronnie Barnhardt knows what is right in the world and he will stop at nothing to achieve his goals.
As soon as he figures out what they might be.
If any other actor had played this part they would be up for an Academy Award. Any one who says that Seth Rogen's portrayal of Ronnie Barnhardt isn't Oscar worthy is a freaking idiot.
Anna Faris is great in this. Ray Liotta is great in this. Everyone who is in this right down to the nasty little flasher is great in this.
Basically it boils down to these two things;
One, you must see this movie. Warner Bros. has made it possible to do so through multiple means. There is no reason not to see this flick.
Two, Ronnie Barnhardt is my idol and anyone would be proud to have this man as their friend.
Yeah, I am fully aware that he's a fictional character, but you know what I mean.
Go watch the damn movie already.
"The world has no need for another scared man."
Director Jody Hill did such a great job with The Foot Fist Way. Observe And Report is his proof that his work will always be of this caliber. And the soundtrack for this film is pehnomenal. Best use of a Queen song since Shaun Of The Dead.