Monday, 26 August 2013

FILM: 10 Years (5/10)

Why did I watch it?
The Mrs chose this one and I thought what the hell.

What's it all about?
The clue is in the title, it's a 10 year high school reunion romantic comedy starring Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson, Justin Long and Oscar Isaacs among others. There's little else to say except the film plays out the events of the evening as the characters reunite and discover things about each other and themselves.

Should you watch it?
Probably not. It's difficult to see what attracted such an ensemble cast to this mediocre, underwhelming school reunion yarn.

Most people's own school reunion's are uninteresting enough and the array of characters in 10 Years do not strike enough of a chord with the audience to make their story engaging. The characters are introduced almost en-mass and it's really difficult to invest in anyone in particular, especially considering the typical run of the mill issues and relationships involved, old flames, bullies, the popular girl etc., that all took place ten years ago.

The script does achieve some small levels of poignancy, the highlight being Oscar Isaac's song written for his secret high school crush, and their are a few funny running gags throughout but ultimately the reunion finishes, the story is told and my detachment from it left me wondering what was the point in watching.

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