I am notorious for my willingness to watch pretty much any movie, so it is always a joy to find one that wildly exceeds my expectations. This is often not a great movie, by any means, but one that flew under the critical radar for the most part, and provided some unexpected pleasure, a film that I can enjoy recommending to friends in the knowledge that they have probably not encountered it. Eli Craig’s debut feature Tucker and Dale vs Evil is one of those films, especially for horror fans. Though it is relatively slight and far from perfect, this is an enormously fun and clever riff on the slasher genre, a film that will undoubtedly be especially enjoyed by fans of the recent horror deconstruction masterpiece The Cabin in the Woods, or the mostly overlooked 2006 mockumentary, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (also available on Netflix).
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I’m glad Jim Carrey has been trying different things over the years. He’s a pretty good actor, though he could probably use some help weeding out bad scripts when he wants to take dramatic roles. Maybe he sould focus on small indie films instead of big studio releases when he wants to try new things. In any event, it’s nice to see he can still make us crack up in a silly comedy.
It’s been a while since Jim Carrey has put out such a funny film and he knows it. His desperation to reclaim his former glory hit an all-time low earlier this year when he went on “American Idol” wearing a pair of elephant ears to promote “Horton Hears a Who.” Thankfully, “Yes Man” should put an end to Carrey’s involvement in any more embarrassing marketing tactics, as it’s his best comedy in years. There’s no way he’ll ever be as big as he once was now that Judd Apatow and gang have retooled the genre, but fans will just be happy to see him back to his old antics.