April 29, 2011

Review: Due Date

Zach Galifianakis is a good actor. I say good, because he mostly plays one type of character, but he plays that type fantastically. In "The Hangover" Galifianakis plays a funny outsider who acts weirdly. In "Due Date" he plays a very similar character. Fortunately, this kind of character is in fact very much enjoyable, making "Due Date" a movie worth watching.

The plot of this movie is straightforward. Robert Downey Jr.'s character needs to get back home to attend the birth of his son. He gets kicked off an airplane and is put on a no fly list, necessitating him traveling by car. This, of course, leads him to travel with Galifianakis' character, and hijinks ensue. The plot does not feel contrived, and the problems introduced by the road trip feel both organic and are hilarious.

Alll of the actors give convincing performances, with special recognition for both Downey Jr. and Galifianakis. Of all of the characters encountered in the movie, these two are not only the most important, but also the most realistic. In shorter, the producers of this movie needed to make these characters as realistic as possible, and they succeeded.

The movie might not seem like the most original, but that's not a big problem. The film is well crafted, and the important details feel fresh. If you haven't seen this movie, you should definitely do so. It is well worth your time.

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