Wednesday, June 13, 2018

TAG - Movie Review (4/5 Stars)

By Hamza Shafique (Instagram / Facebook)

Jeff Tomsic's TAG is pure fun. Before I get into the review I just want to say that whoever missed Jeremy Renner in Avengers Infinity War will love his role here, as his action sequences (yes there is some pretty good action here) will remind you of his Marvel Avatar and that too in a good way. Warner Bros might not be getting the DC cinematic universe right but their comedies are spot on, after Game Night this is another fun film on similar notes.

Film tells the story of friends who believe that " you dont stop playing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop playing" , so they continue to play the game of TAG since childhood. Every year during month of May they will find each other and play tag. One of their friend Jerry Pierce played by Jeremy Renner has never been tagged. So, when the rest of the friends find out that he is getting married in May, they find this to be the perfect opportunity to TAG him. Rob McKittrick and Mark Steilen has taken this simple plot turned it into one entertaining screenplay with perfect pacing, interesting characters, quirky dialogues, fun action and situational humor. This is a very self-aware film, and this makes each character instantly likeable and they never feel exaggerated even though they are. One thing I really hate in Hollywood comedies is that comedic moments and the storyline never have same intensity. When there is a funny moment, its full on exaggerated and then for simple story development moments everything tones down. But it's not the case for TAG, comedy is perfectly in sync with story line. Throughout the film intensity increases and then wraps up nicely in the end.

Casting is spot on as well even the supporting cast is good. All the performances are convincing with perfect comic timings. I especially loved Isla Fisher as Anna Malloy, Hogan's intense unpredictable wife, her every moment on screen is sheer entertainment.Jeff Tomsic's direction is very clever and uses every element available to ensure a fun experience for audience.

Action sequences which came as a surprise are well choreographed and placed throughout. These reminded me of the good old Jackie Chan movie action where action was not only unique/daring but comedic as well.
The only thing I would like to highlight is mature language of the film, its rated 15+ for a reason. Overall, it's a fun entertainer and has the ability to make you feel good/happy, you carry these feeling with you once you leave cinema. I really enjoyed the chemistry between the principal cast, humor and the beautiful ending. I go with 4 stars
I would like to thanks Warner Bros Middle East for the Dubai Premiere invites and making this review possible.

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