Review Roundup: Act of Valor, Wanderlust, Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds
Haven’t you been dying to see real Navy SEALs in a movie about … Navy SEALs? How about living your fantasy and quitting your job and moving out to the middle of no where? Or are you a wealthy business man who’s engaged to Gabrielle Union but you somehow fall in love with Thandie Newton, who’s your business’ cleaning lady? Then one of the movies that came out this week is for you!
Wanderlust, a comedy that looks way better than it actually is set amidst the dreck of late winter releases, features the classic setup of urbanites fleeing to a bucolic rural setting to shed the tensions of their former lives, but with a 21st century recession twist.
Speaking of which, this film — like all the Madea-free dramas — could use more humor. Still, every Perry movie has its highs and lows. This time, the highs are a little higher, and the lows not quite so low. There is no faith-based message, but the moral is obvious: persistence pays off.
The movie comes alive when Wilimena Deeds is onscreen, misbehaving. Because otherwise, there are too many characters walking around wearing goody two-shoes. And way too much talk about sacrifice and self-improvement.