A brilliant comic trio working in a okay movie = Horrible Bosses

Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis are BRILLIANT in Horrible Bosses!!  Their comic timing and chemistry is amazing and hilarious!  Too bad the movie does not follow suit.  Every scene that they are not together in, falls a little flat.  It will entertain you and you will laugh, but it could have been much better.

I blame the horrible bosses.  None of them are good enough as villans–the best is Colin Farrell and he is under used–and all of them come across a bit too much like caricatures.  I did love Jamie Foxx’s small part–pretty damn funny and best use of a name–ever! 

 I will definitely recommend it.  I loved every second the three leads share on-screen.  It is that rare magic that happens only once in a while–remember The Three Stooges–Abbott and Costello?  Yeah, that good.  Now, like the comic pairings of the past, I wish we could get these guys together again and again.  Maybe they can start a franchise–starting with The Brilliant Trio meets Dracula or something!  🙂  It would be awesome!

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Asterios Polyp is a work of genius!

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David Mazzucchelli has created a masterpiece.  A shining example of what a Graphic Novel can accomplish and convey.  Although combining words and pictures has been a successful medium for many years, recently the art form has received the attention it deserves.  Asterios Polyp is one Graphic Novel that has garnered awards and accolades and it is all well deserved.   

Asterios Polyp, at its core, is a simple story.  It chronicles a man’s journey to find himself as his world falls apart.  He remembers his past and contemplates his place in the world.  You discover who Asterios really is, almost at the same time he does. 

Mazzucchelli uses clean lines, various drawing styles and specific colors to represent different characters, but what I loved was his use of negative space .In a story full of  heavy philosophical ideas, the white space helps to clarify–to target what is important.  The use of recurring visual cues to emphasize the character’s insecurities and feelings is brilliant and helps to deepen your connection to them.

Out of the many themes discussed in the novel–duality and faith seem to be the two that stayed with me.  Mazzucchelli’s simple style is only a another example of duality–because it is deceiving…it hides the immense complexities that tie the characters together.

I loved Asterios Polyp.  I feel like I will have to read it again to discover what else it is trying to tell me.  A novel that reveals itself to you, is a novel you will revisit over and over.  And that’s cool!