Starring: Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker
Directed by: Robert Schwentke
Written By: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 1 hr 36 min.
After leaving the theater I tried to imagine how this film ever got the attention of its A-list cast, and the massive budget that it must have needed to make it onto the big screen. In 3D no less! I couldn’t figure it out. So I wondered why I couldn’t figure it out, and the answer was clear. I had seen and enjoyed Men In Black. So since my review blog here is less about my lone opinion of a movie, and more about how to prepare you before you spend money seeing one. I tried to look at R.I.P.D through the eyes of someone that might have never seen MIB back in 1997, or since then, or any of the sequels. As I opened those eyes for the first time and saw the glow of the movie screen, I put on my 3D glasses and I saw a film that was actually fairly entertaining. Sure it takes some big liberties with logic, but some of the ideas presented here aren’t altogether bad. The two leads are fun to watch, and Kevin Bacon is a reliable nemesis for our heroes.
If you somehow have never seen or heard of the Men in Black, you might actually enjoy this film. Maybe even a lot. If you have seen MIB (and a lot of people did, repeatedly), then you might want to leave this one alone. At least if you do go, try making a game of it and see how many similarities you can spot between R.I.P.D and M.I.B, and have a good laugh about it afterward.
Again, I’ve got to split this into the two camps. Those who have never seen or heard of MIB, should probably watch this on the big screen, but no 3D. Those who know about Agents Jay and Kay, should wait for this to become available on your preferred streaming service.
The first words Roy hears after being brutally killed, and then transferred to the R.I.P.D. department are ‘Tough day.’ It’s a neat little moment and the dry delivery from Mary-Louise Parker is perfect.