August 15, 2017

Naked: Movie Review

You probably don't have much time to read a three page film review and you probably want the basics. We'll make it quick and easy to save you time. This is the Naked movie review.

Naked, a remake of the 2000 Swedish comedy Naken follows a groom, naked, living out the same hour on his wedding day. The film has many flaws; one of which it being not that funny. The high concept is interrupted with sporadic, unnecessary scenes and the film is usual to divert from the plot to produce an un-comical gag.

Rob Anderson (Marlon Wayans) is an average man living a comfortably average life. He never goes above and beyond for anyone, even his fiancee Megan (Regina Hall). Megan doesn't care and loves him for who he is, but her father, played impeccably by Dennis Haysbert feels differently about Rob's life choices. This is where the film fails to provide an adequate story. Rob is millions of people in the world living an average life and being happy with it. The film is very much the opposite of Bill Murray's Groundhog Day. Murray's character was a certain type of charismatic, but vicious asshole who had it coming. Rob doesn't have any of those characteristics. He's just a plain guy whose misery is suppose to provide comedy.

Marlon Wayans in 'Naked'; Courtesy of Netflix
Besides the character problem the film jumps right into Rob living the same hour over. Then a new problem comes up: the rules are broken. The film runs aground really quickly with the rule that Rob relieves the same 'hour' over and over again. When the wedding bells ring he wakes up in an elevator naked. Halfway through the film the plot device is dropped and Rob is able to live out an entire day, or until he dies. It is never quite clear where it ends. And last, but not least, we have nakedness. It is useless and just causes annoyance for the character and for the audience. Naked never capitalizes on it's own idea. Along with the horrific Fifty Shades of Black and A Haunted House (and it's sequel), director Michael Tiddes and actor Marlon Wayans can add this mediocre film to their library.

Grade: D
Good Qualities: Occasionally comedy
Bad Qualities: Poor development, broken story, not that funny

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