How smart of a film studio to release a fun romcom on Valentine’s Day. Tom Hardy and Chris Pine duel their way to Reese Witherspoon’s heart, this time with a twist. They’re both some kind of special agent spies. It’s a romantic comedy that guys can enjoy too, see! Even though guys are perfectly capable of enjoying films like Friends with Benefits. Read on to see if you should watch this with your significant other.
The kind of rom-com that insults its primary audience and panders to their dates, “War” is depressingly mean-spirited.
Hardy (“Inception”) and Pine (“Star Trek”) are the heart of the film — proving to be excellent opposing sides of the same coin. Both balance their characters’ cynicism with a certain sweetness, their chemistry fairly crackling, electrifying the screen almost any time they’re sharing it, whether taking down a bad guy or squabbling about who is more lovable (it’s a tossup).
Screwball and high-tech, “This Means War” aims to provide laughs and thrills at the same time, and only intermittently achieves its goals. Still, the sight of Pine and Hardy one-upping each other for Witherspoon’s affections through ridiculously elaborate dates and outright stalking (with the help of government resources) has its amusing moments.
The three leads do look awfully good doing very stupid things and all will survive to star another day. The sooner this one recedes into the rear-view mirror the better for all concerned.
Verdict: Want some fun today? Go see it.