The Inbetweeners USA Episode 1 – Review

I am a very big fan of the original UK series and when I heard that America were planning a remake of yet another British show I was disappointed but when I found out that MTV, the same channel that made the short lived and terrible remake of UK’s Skins, I was even more let down. After watching the trailer I was not at all impressed, it looked as though the script was going to be EXACTLY the same as the UK version but just spoken by extremely poor actors and that’s exactly what it turned out to be.

If you took the first half of the first episode of the UK Inbetweeners and the second half of the second episode and mashed them together but added diabolical acting, tacky American references and the same jokes we have already heard so many times then you would get the first episode of USA Inbetweeners. If you haven’t realised by now I very much hated this remake of our series which isn’t surprising because apparently us Brits ‘hate everything’ America remakes. It’s true America do fail at attempting to remake many of UK’s television shows such as Skins, Shameless and now The Inbetweeners. There are a few exceptions for example, The Office is a great adaptation of our TV series and that is because the writer has stuck with it and not just handed it over to an American studio to have complete control of it.

I would say one of the worst parts of this series has to be the absolutely horrific acting that is delivered by Bubba Lewis (Simon), Zack Pearlman (Jay), Joey Pollari (Will) and Mark L. Young (Neil). These four ‘actors’ fail to have the same comedic timing that the actors in the original managed to nail so much. There is no chemistry between the characters, their relationships are just flat and boring, the banter between them doesn’t feel real it just feels awkward and forced which really doesn’t help the flow of the show. The creators of this show have tried so hard to fit these actors fit into the mould of the original characters but here they don’t fit one bit. The only character they have attempted to change is Neil, in the original he is slow-witted and extremely hilarious, in this remake he is just a normal, boring, unpopular schoolboy which makes it even more painful to sit through.

The script of this show hasn’t been altered much at all, at many points of the show it is a word for word copy of the originals script. The only difference is the swearing or the lack of, the foul language has clearly been dialled down for the easily offended married American audience. When the inevitable swearing comes they are covered by an irritating beep to hide the cuss word. The Inbetweeners (UK) is probably one of the most crude and rude shows I have watched in a long time, I don’t know how they thought they could transfer this into a country where they are offended by nearly everything. Everything about this show fails miserably and if I was the creator of this show I would be extremely ashamed of myself that I have ruined yet another outstanding British series.

I would not recommend this remake to anyone, if you are a fan of the original STAY AWAY, if you aren’t a fan of the original STAY AWAY, if you have eyes and ears STAY AWAY. This is yet another shoddy remake, I don’t know how many failures it will take until America realise that because a show is popular in the UK and on BBC America it doesn’t mean you have to remake it because I can tell you now you will do a terrible job.

1/10

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‘We Bought A Zoo’ – Review

I heard about this film a very long time ago and have been awaiting its release for years and it has finally been released in the UK. We Bought A Zoo is actually based on a true story, when Hollywood say the word ‘based’ they usually use the term very loosely but here it is actually pretty truthful. This is the second film released in the last couple of months that is actually from where I live, the true story of this film comes from the life of Benjamin Mee, who lives in Dartmoor, Devon, England (which they have altered to California, America in the film) and six months after the death of his wife he decides to buy a zoo with his two children, the film follows his attempts to make the zoo a place where the local community can come and visit. Not only do I live near this zoo I have actually been there and I have also met Benjamin Mee, a couple of years ago he made a speech at my school and that was when I first heard of the movie and since then I have wanted to see it, finally I have.

We Bought A Zoo is adapted from the book written by Benjamin Mee, the script is written by Devil Wears Prada’s Aline Brosh Mckenna. The script is to her usual standard, not phenomenal but alright nothing special at all. The dialogue is quite well written it is intelligent, adorable and amazingly charming.

Working off Aline Brosh McKenna’s script Damon delivers his usual brilliant performance, taking the lead role of Benjamin Mee. Damon’s performance is one of things that really carries this movie, he supplies some of the most emotional moments with some help from his amazing supporting cast. This film really shows Damon’s skills as an actor, he can go from action hero Jason Bourne to kindhearted zoo owner Benjamin Mee. Damon isn’t the only one that shines, Thomas Haden Church takes on the role of Benjamin’s cynical brother, which has been altered from being his mother. Church supplies the humour in this warm-hearted moving film, I couldn’t help but feel while watching that his role was a little needless and he was just their to contradict everything Benjamin was doing. Another person who I thinks really shines is Maggie Elizabeth Jones who stars as Rosie Mee, Benjamin’s youngest child, she makes from some really adorable moments in the movie but it does feel that the film plays on her cuteness a bit to much to make the audience like this film. This film really does have some great cast members but lets be honest there is no way in hell that any of us could believe that Scarlett Johansson is a zookeeper.

We Bought A Zoo is by no means perfect but those imperfections shouldn’t stop you from loving it. One of the imperfections of this film is the structure, the first half an hour of this film is pretty poor, with extremely bad attempts at humour and an extremely painful performance from the estate agent. It isn’t until they move into the zoo and meet their new neighbours the film really picks up and becomes the lighthearted yet saddening movie it is.

I really did love We Bought A Zoo, all of it’s flaws seem to wilt away by the end of the movie and you begin to fall in love with it cuteness. Not everyone will love this movie, some may think it is cheesy but others will love it as I did. I thought this film was both cute and moving at the same time, there was one scene of an abrupt argument that nearly had me and many others in tears. We Bought A Zoo isn’t really a family movie, it’s family friendly but it isn’t just a cute animal movie that kids will love, the adults will end up enjoying it more than their children.

8/10

New ‘Avengers’ Still

There have been a lot of new images this week from the new issue of Entertainment Weekly and here is another. The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner. The Avengers is set for a 27th April 2012 (UK) and 4th May 2012 (USA) release; FINALLY WE (The UK) GET A FILM EARLY!!! Check out the image of Captain America below.

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