R.I.P.D. – Movie Review


I remember reading reviews of this movie before even watching the film. Not to find out whether it was going to be a good or bad movie, but because I wondered what critics were saying about the movie. The objective was to see whether the movie was being thrown over in the critiques, even if the movie was in fact a good watch. What I found out was pretty much that. About 90% of the movie reviews I had read or seen, had slaughtered the movie, saying it was a rip-off or saying that it was badly made, or just not very well written.
I’m not going to judge the ‘rip-off’ sections of the movie because although there were rather substantial elements, including the soundtrack and the sets of the headquarters, that were quite similar to the Men In Black movies, I was taken aback by how well the story was plotted out and portrayed. If they were to have made the movie without the dead elements, it would tell pretty much the same story, with bad guys wanting to take over the world, rogue police officers and a comedic cop duo.
What I will say though, is that the script could have had more work put into it, following maybe only one or two genre’s and not a dozen. I loved how the characters were portrayed to the audience as one set of people, but to everyone else, they looked like a supermodel and old chinese guy. Apart from the script, the movie didn’t really leave anything to the imagination, as we were thrown into the characters backstory and every other aspect of the Reynolds characters bio before the film had really begun. It would have been nice for a little more regular storyline with a few hints here and there, followed by the big reveal, with some more easing into the story, instead of throwing it in our faces.
I didn’t like how the scene was done where Reynolds character watches his funeral. It could have been done better, but having the interaction of the living characters and Reynolds character was very amusing, as I expected them to make it so that no-one could see or hear him.
Despite what critics may say though, this movie is actually quite a good watch. I’m not saying it’s the most amazing movie ever, but it has a great concept with some epic special effects. If you haven’t checked it out yet and want a movie to watch that isn’t too much of a head rush, but keeps you excited and entertained, then choose R.I.P.D.
I wouldn’t be suprised if there was to be a sequel in cinemas within the next few years.


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