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Year one Review

Year One. How Did I Sit Through the Whole Movie?

Last night my family and I decided to watch Year One. I cannot say I was excited but I definitely wasn’t dreading the experience. Jack Black is usually good for a few laughs and the more I watch Michael Cera, the more I appreciate his talent. This movie, however, was a pure waste of my evening.

The movie is set in what I can only figure to be caveman/biblical times. Jack Black plays Zed, a worthless hunter in his village. Michael Cera plays Oh, an unhappy gatherer. It is also repeatedly mentioned that Oh is the smartest in the village and was the one to come up with drinking from gourds instead of using your hands. Zed and Oh both have women from the village they are pining after. Zed likes Maya, played by June Diane Raphael, but Marlark, the best hunter in the village has his eyes on her. Oh wants to lay with Eema, played by Juno Temple, who happens to be Zed’s sister.

Zed is unhappy with the his position in the tribe so decides to eat some forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. This causes him to be banished from the village and Oh follows along. After this I had a hard time keeping up with the many plot holes. I believe this movie had the potential to be a pretty good movie. It was, after all, directed by Harold Ramis.

The Upside:

The cast of characters was quite promising. With Hank Azaria, Oliver Platt, David Cross, Paul Rudd, Horatio Sanz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Vinnie Jones and the stunning Olivia Wilde.

Oliver Platt’s character was quite disgusting but definitely saved by Platt’s performance.

Cera and Black play off each other very well and I would like to see them in another movie with a better script.

No matter how bad the movie was, there were a few times when you just had to laugh. I’m still not sure if I was laughing with the movie or at the movie. Either way, you are sure to get a few chuckles out of it.

The Downside:

The biblical characters popping in and out of the movie made my head spin. While I applaud the casting, what they gave the actors to work with was pitiful.

The plot of Year One had more holes than Swiss cheese. One scene they are captured as slaves, the next scene they are free with no explanation. That is the only example I will give because I don’t want to ruin it for those of you who choose to spend minutes of your life watching this that, be forewarned, you will never get back.

I still have no idea what exactly this movie was about. We had a family discussion afterwards, and thankfully it is not a problem with my movie-viewing skills. None of us had a clue what the point was. I suppose it’s a good thing that I don’t believe all movies must have a point.

In conclusion, if you are looking for some mind-numbing entertainment, a few laughs, and a way to waste some time, watch this movie. If you are looking to be enlightened, learn something, or better yourself in someway, definitely skip this one!