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Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds headline this supernatural action-adventureas two cops dispatched by the Rest In Peace Department (R.I.P.D.) toprotect and serve the living from increasingly destructive spirits hidingamong the unsuspecting on Earth. When they uncover a plot that could endlife as we know it, the new partners have to turn grudging respect intotop-notch teamwork to restore the cosmic balance...or watch the tunnel tothe afterlife begin sending angry souls the very wrong way.
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Kevin Bacon, Mary Louise Parker, and Jeff Bridges were great and used their material to its fullest. Ryan Reynolds was a little too intense and I wish his lighter side had come through somehow. Maybe he saw the reviews for Green Lantern just before filiming RIPD. I don't know.
One brilliant thing was that neither RIPD agent appears like himeself to living people. Ryan Reynolds usually appears like himself to us the viewer most of the time, but then when we see him in a camera or reflections, the veteran character actor James Hong (holding a banana instead of a firearm) takes Reynolds' place. I wish we had seen more of the movie from that point of view actually. When I imagine the dialogue delivered by James Hong instead of by Reynolds, it becomes much funnier and I think the absurdity of those re-shot scenes might have lightened up the weaker parts of this movie. It probably would have been much funnier frankly.
Great special effects. 3D was worth it.
Absolute fun riot stuffed full of both easy jokey lines and deliciously twisty, weird semi-demi-philosophical banter that I could not get enough of! Nearly non-stop *big* action and real-enough paranormal effects...plus outrageous, terrific acting by Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Mary Louise Parker, Kevin Bacon. By 2013 I'd pretty much had my fill of Zombie movies, and this was a fun, genius take on other possibilities for dead dudes. And dudesses.
The bizarro rules of RIPD's universe of (sort-of) resurrected cowboy lawmen, corrupt cops, invading "Dead -Ohs", and the comically efficient bureaucrats of some Eternal Mystery Management Team/ God/s actually had enough logic to anchor the ongoing outrageous action sequences, side stories... and Looming Cosmic Battle. I watch this movie every Christmas/Hannukah just to keep the Holiday drama in perspective.
And nope, it certainly is *not* a repeat of GHOST BUSTERS, as a couple of critics said back in 2013. They had clearly forgotten GB to come up with that. My take on the panning of the film was that RIPD was so outrageously different in its paranormal horror, thriller, comedy mashupness, that many critics were too lazy to abandon their rubber stamp classification routine. RIPD --like Jeff Bridges' other great dark comedy hit THE GREAT LEBOWSKI-- violates simple categories.
I can see how this film might send a little DID I JUST SEE THAT??!!! shock up the spines of both absolute atheists and fundamentalist Christians. I think that's a good thing. And it's why I suspect there was some boycotting of RIPD.
AND THEN THERE'S THIS DEPT.: Jeff Bridges' resurrected cowboy lawman has genius and often showstopper lines; he carries the movie. It's because of the accuracy of the 1870s cowboy lawman lingo --more wordy in the kind of near-Biblical way of speaking, kind of Mark Twain, that I think it's hard to catch the jokes-within-jokes and multiple irony going on. Back in the day, many Americans living on farms and ranches learned to read from the King James vers. of the Bible. You can see it in newspapers from that era, as well. They didn't talk like comic book and vid game characters then, so R.I.P.D. has some historical accuracy built into this rich, character. The aging lawman also has a bit of kink going on with his supervisor...which spiced up the cop-buddy film aspects to keep it interesting on a whole other level.
Don't miss RIPD. It was great action + hilarious writing + some of the best pacing in any film, make that any kind of film, ever.
SIDE NOTE FOR EDUCATORS: If you teach philosophy, religion, or film, I'm betting you'd generate great discussions by screening or assigning RIPD for your class.
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