Zach Galifianakis style of humor is odd and reminds me of Andy Kauffman mixed with a little Will Farrell. As a result, not everyone may find him funny. I for one appreciate his talent and when the material is great, Zach is one of the best.
Masterminds is the latest comedy hoping to tap into that greatness. In what seems like an eternity, the movie was in development hell for many years. According to Wikipedia, production for the film started on July 7, 2014 and Jim Carrey was originally slated to star in it until he dropped out. Maybe he realized the movie was stinker from the start.
Based on a true story, Masterminds is about David Scott Ghant who was responsible for pulling off the biggest heist in America. In 1997 David managed to steal $17.3 million from Loomis Fargo. Naturally, that sounds like comedy material right? Well if Ghant really is idiotic as Galifianakis portrays him, then I understand why the film was made.
Written and directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) everything about this movie screams black comedy. Unfortunately, that’s not what I saw. Instead, Masterminds is a by-the-book comedy in the vein of any Adam Sandler film. Maybe if I was really drunk and in need of laughs, some of the scenes might generate some chuckles.
Supporting Zach Galifianakis are Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Leslie Jones and Jason Sudeikis. With talent like this, it’s a shame the material isn’t strong enough to inspire better performances.
Galifianakis does all he can in the role of Ghant but unfortunately there aren’t enough funny moments for him to shine.
If bathroom humor makes you laugh and you’re a big fan of Galifianakis, then check it out. Otherwise, stay away from this painfully dull comedy and wait until it airs on cable in a couple of months.
Rating: 2 stars
In this action comedy inspired by true events, directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite; Nacho Libre), David Ghantt (Zach Galifianakis) discovers the true meaning of adventure far beyond his wildest dreams. He is an uncomplicated man stuck in a monotonous life. Day in and day out he drives an armored vehicle, transporting millions of other people’s money with no escape in sight. The only glimmer of excitement is his flirtatious work crush Kelly Campbell (Kristen Wiig) who soon lures him into the scheme of a lifetime. Along with a group of half-brained criminals led by Steve Chambers (Owen Wilson) and an absurdly faulted heist plan, David manages the impossible and makes off with $17 million in cash…only problem is he foolishly hands the money over to this wild group of double crossers and has been set up to take the fall. With the bandits blowing the millions on lavish and ridiculous luxuries, they leave behind a glaring trail of evidence. Now on the lam and in over his head, David must dodge the authorities, evade a hilarious hit man, Mike McKinney (Jason Sudeikis), and try to turn the tables on the ones he trusted most.
Cast: Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Kristen Wiig, and Jason Sudeikis
Director: Jared Hess
Writers: Emily Spivey and Jody Hill & Danny R. McBride and Chris Bowman & Hubbel Palmer
Producers: Lorne Michaels, John Goldwyn