R.I.P.D. (2013)Monday, 9. September 2013
Director: Robert Schwentke
Writer: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Based on: Peter M. Lenkov‘s comic
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker, Stephanie Szostak, James Hong, Marisa Miller, Robert Knepper, Mike O’Malley
Police officer Nick (Ryan Reynolds) has a good life with his wife Julia (Stephanie Szostak) but he worries that he’s not providing enough for her. So when he and his partner Hayes (Kevin Bacon) get the opportunity to steal some gold from a crime scene, they do. But Nick regrets it. Before he can do anything about that regret though, he is killed – by Hayes. To pay for his dishonesty, Nick is drafted into the R.I.P.D. – the Rest in Peace Department – in the afterlife. Together with his partner Roy (Jeff Bridges) they are supposed to bring wandering souls in. But something bigger is happening.
R.I.P.D. was pretty much exactly like I imagined it (dumb popcorn cinema) and yet pretty boring with it. If they had embraced their own dumbness a bit more, it might have been more entertaining.
R.I.P.D. had some nice starting points that could have been great if they had actually taken them anywhere. So Roy looks like this gorgeous young woman in a tight cocktail dress [Marisa Miller] (which, as camouflages go, sucks pretty hard). And there is this one scene where Jeff Bridges actually gets to put down a dude who hits on him. But the rest of the film is busy with ogling his breasts pretty much the entire time, so that feminist moment feels pretty hollow.
Or when Roy tells Nick to stop trying to tell his wife that he’s still kinda there (though he is dead) because what he does is selfish and it just hurts Julia. Which was just so spot-on, it was wonderful. But unfortunately it doesn’t stop the movie from giving Julia no characteristics whatsoever, apart from “perfect wife”, using her as a pawn in Nick’s story, having her believe Nick and be willing to die for him/to be with him, only for him to decide for her that he is ready for her to live her life now. Basically, I wanted to slap that relationship around.
Or the love-hate relationship between Roy and Proctor (Mary-Louise Parker), where Roy is nothing but an asshole to her and she still wants him, which just made me roll my eyes.
I think that the movie just took itself way too seriously. All but Kevin Bacon that is. (kathrintha: “Kevin Bacon trolled that movie.”) He was perfectly awesome and he had the ham cranked up to 14. I wanted to see more of him. [Also, and I know that this is kind of weird to say about him in this particular role, but he is pretty damn sexy in the film, too.]
But that unfortunately wasn’t enough to make the whole film really entertaining. Instead it felt way longer than his runtime and too many jokes are blank bullets, where the entire set-up is there but there are no real effects.
Summarizing: eh. I guess it’s what’s to be expected this movie summer.