Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The Voices

Lowdown: The adventures of a young man that likes to run conversations with his cat and dog.
When one hears there’s this movie out there called The Voices, starring Ryan Reynolds and Gemma Arterton, in which the protagonist’s cat and dog talk to their owner (cat=evil, dog=good), one immediately thinks: romantic comedy!
Well, one cannot be wronger. I will not say more about The Voices because of the major risk of bloopers, but I will say this: this is no comedy. At least not your conventional comedy. Be warned, and do not try to watch this one in the company of children just because it features talking animals. This is not your Disney talking animals movie!
What I will say, though, is that The Voices is a fairly good movie in that it brings forth themes mostly neglected by mainstream cinema. Indeed, this one goes so far against convention that, regardless of whether you end up liking it or not, you will remember it. And I will also say it shines a nice light on the qualities of Ryan Raynolds as an actor.
Best scene: The end credits, featuring the cast singing “Sing a Happy Song”, is actually hilarious (in contrast to the preceding non comedy).
Overall: Undoubtedly weird, but it is its unexpected nature that wins The Voices 3 out of 5 surprised crabs.

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