Last year’s surprise hit was The Hangover, which helped launch a few careers both behind and in front of the camera. Films are very cyclic, of course, and often people become the ‘it’ director, writer or actor, and The Hangover feels very much like that as this group of people, who had done a lot of work before, are suddenly in demand; but for how long?
That’s why they must ride that wave in the meantime and try and do as much good work as possible to keep that reputation and momentum growing. So, in between The Hangover and the sequel that will be coming out next year, all by the same team of course, comes Due Date.
This film is directed and produced by the same man behind The Hangover, and stars Zach Galifianakis, who was also in that film and is one of the guys I’m talking about who is now in hot demand. However, for Due Date, they’ve added Robert Downey Jr to the mix.
Over a long and troubled career Downey has proven to be an incredibly talented guy, so I think this was a smart move and will make this movie seem bigger than just a stop-gap film until the release of the sequel of The Hangover.
I’ve got to say I really enjoyed this film. It often diced with death on the blade of being very broad, but it would then drag itself back to the ground with some good dramatic moments.
Galifianakis brought an extremely strong performance to the table, which made me take him a bit more seriously than I had previously, and Downey Jr was as great as ever, although for me he came off second best to Galifianakis. With a consistently funny journey, and some good little cameos, this made for a good ride and may even go on to have its own sequel.
8.5 out of 10 from me!!!