Saturday, November 2, 2013

Movie Review - Bad Grandpa - By Heath Chase


Have you ever noticed how often the elderly get away with things the middle-aged or even teenaged person would not? If not, you're going to see a lot of these situations in Bad Grandpa, the new comedy brought to us by none other than the Jackass crew themselves. Unlike the Jackass films, this one incorporates a plot, something that I did not expect and something that I believe made the movie better than it already was. The film stars Johnny Knoxville, whom everyone now recognizes as the face of Jackass. Who they don't recognize him as is Irving Zisman, an 80-year-old man who happens to be a very, very bad grandpa. His grandson Billy, played by Jackson Nicoll, is adorable and childish on the outside, but hilarious and conniving on the inside. The point at which these two unite is when Irving's daughter is arrested and requests that he drive her son cross country to his father who resembles nothing, but pure disgust, but is delighted by the $600 check he will get every month for having the child. It's not until the two hit the road that the story truly begins.
 
I loved how the movie was portrayed, with every pit stop, be it a bathroom run or a food break, leads us to more and more comical stunts and pranks. It was extremely original, having a movie with a story, but with 90 percent of the scenes being in real time with real reactions. The trailer did show a lot of the film's highlights, but even so I still found myself belly laughing at every one. I can't find any other word to fit this movie other than just plain and simple "fun." The performances were phenomenal, with the kid being an excellent asset (I still don't know how he kept a straight face) and its ending had me smiling from ear to ear. Bad Grandpa was funny and fun, there's no other way to put it.