Screen time: Review of ‘Pain and Gain’

A couple things about Michael Bay’s new movie “Pain and Gain.”

PRO: Michael Bay FINALLY stops taking himself so seriously.

In one scene, crippled Tony Shalhoub (Monk from “Monk”) tries to pick a bun up off of the floor, insisting he “needs to do this on his own.”

It takes him a long time, and Bay’s choice of music: something sappy with violins.

It sounds simple and a little ridiculous, but I couldn’t stop laughing. Bay must’ve realized  he can make fun of himself AND have fun.

Bro. Pass me the juice.

Bro. Pass me the juice.

CON: Keep your expectations low. 

“Pain and Gain” was awesome because I’ve don’t expect much from Michael Bay movies, and, that definitely heightened my experience.

PRO: The Rock.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson plays a born-again ex-con with a penchant for nose candy. He’s a gentle giant, and it totally works. The Rock really shows off his solid comedic timing (in this and “The Other Guys), and I really hope he keeps it up.

CON: It’s based on a true story.

Kinda wish I hadn’t known that before I saw this movie. It get pretty violent, and I couldn’t help feeling horrible for the real-life victims. I eventually eased up and that’s thanks to next up on my list.

PRO: Tony Shalhoub.

I’ve never seen “Monk,” but I’m gonna check it out now. Tony Shalhoub is insanely funny. All of my favorite scenes were with him. (I almost hate to say this about a Michael Bay movie, but) I’ve never laughed so hard at anything that wasn’t a Dave Chappelle sketch. And Shalhoub had a LOT to do with that.

More pros than cons. And, I feel a little gross for saying this, but Michael Bay kinda hit it out of the park with this one. It’s definitely worth seeing.

Check out Herald movie columnist Tim Albrecht’s take on Pain & Gain. http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/262621/group/Accent/

Watch this week’s Screen Time. Tim and I duke it out over “The Crowe.” http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/262560/

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