A very imaginative and interesting idea for a film.
The film was very funny throughout the whole 90-and-so minutes. Joseph
Fiennes did a really great job in depicting a character who is bright,
intuitive and a little weird at the same time. Winona Ryder was also
great, you get the feeling she was quite spontaneous and relaxed (no
wonder, next to a guy like Michael Burrows everyone can seem
I won't get into too much detail, however, I would highly recommend
this film to anyone who is looking for a good laugh, interesting plot,
'situational humor' and not an overrated cheap comedy we get every day
on TV. I hope this will convince you enough!.
One of the worst at Sundance
I was extremely disappointed by The Darwin Awards.
With a stellar A list cast and great ideas behind it I had expected The
Darwin Awards to be a romping comedy but every scene left me feeling
more confused. Nothing meshes together and all the stories are
disjointed and have little heart thrown behind them. The actors go
through their lines with very little conviction. The whole production
has a cheap made in my basement feel about it as if Finn Taylor had
hired a bunch of school boys to do the editing and special effects.
The Darwin Awards books and website has a very large collection of
stories. Finn has chosen to show a few of them but hasn't woven a good
story around the accidents that take place. Fiennes and Ryder play a
pair of detectives investigating the accidents and a serial criminal.
This is an excuse to sell a romantic comedy angle that doesn't work
because there is no chemistry between the leads. Fiennes has never been
a good comedian and Ryder, well she has good timing but is too quirky
and irksome to play a full blown woman's role yet. She still hasn't
shed her childlike impish nature. The cameo actors perform much better
than the leads. I can't help imagine how much better this movie would
have been with a better production team and if the casting was shuffled
around and David Arquette played lead.
The Darwin Awards might also offend audiences who will ask themselves
why should they laugh at someone's death. We just about all have lost
family members through accidents and never laughed about it so why
should we laugh at the deaths of unrelated people? If some people like
to get off on that fine but I can't see the majority laughing. I am not
surprised that the vote for this movie is being manipulated. It is so
bad only desperate measures can save it. If it wasn't for these fake
votes (average score of 9.4 from 10 IMDb readers outside the US before
Sundance and where it hasn't been released?) I would have given it a
higher rating. Even worse than this movie is the number of Winona Ryder
fans who have tried to get rid of this review for one line of
criticism. The rest of the review reflects the same opinions as the
other reviews. Freedom of speech, honest opinions and quality motion
pictures appear to be lower on their list of concerns than shoplifting..