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Tower Heist (DVD)
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Tower Heist (DVD)
Advantages: Some funny dialogue
Disadvantages: Boring at times
Ben Stiller is one of my favourite comedy actors and I have been catching up on some of his more recent, although less praised, films and today I am reviewing Tower Heist which was released towards the end of 2011. It is also the first film I am watching in a while with Eddie Murphy and his career had been sinking to new lows in recent years. A far cry from the fresh young actor making Hollywood hits such as Coming to America and the Nutty Professor.
After all the workers at the Tower are swindled out of their money from the man who owns the tower, the building manager decides to exact revenge by robbing the wealthy owner and returns the money back to the victims.
Ben Stiller - Josh Kovaks
Eddie Murphy - Slide
Casey Affleck - Charlie
Alan Alda - Arthur Shaw
Matthew Broderick - Mr. Fitzhugh
To be honest I wasn't expecting a lot, and although I am a fan of Ben Stiller, I can still admit his comedy had started to get a little dry. However I was very pleasantly surprised. It isn't laugh out loud funny apart from a couple of scenes, but it does keep you entertained and amused enough throughout the entire film.
The film really takes off to another level however when Eddie Murphy arrives. He is at his fast talked best that Chris Tucker clearly aspires to be like, and it was like the Eddie Murphy of old. His dialogue scenes with Ben Stiller were excellent and very funny. Also the banter between all the main characters held up quite well. I did think Ben Stiller tried to add an emotional aspect to the film that I hadn't seen from him in many years. He is very good at making you feel sorry for him and such is the case here.
In terms of the plot it is very basic, but this is expected. If you go in expecting The Prestige or The Godfather, then you will be very disappointed. Take it for what it is, a light hearted comedy from one of the seasoned veterans in the comedy game. Not it isn't perfect but if you don't smile at least once when Eddie Murphy is blabbing away then you are simply heartless.
Summary: A decent comedy