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Rapid Review: Office Christmas Party

To save ┬áhis staff’s jobs from his spiteful sister and CEO of the company Carol (Jennifer Aniston), slacker branch manager Clay (T.J Miller) decides to throw a big Christmas party in order to convince a potential client (Courtney B. Vance) to do business with them. But with only hours to pull off the biggest and best party with the help of his staff (Jason Bateman and Olivia Munn) can Zenoteck keeps their jobs and having a rocking office Christmas party?

Sadly I missed my office Christmas party this year due to being ill, but the experience of watching Office Christmas Party would probably be as similar as attending said party. Meaning some bits will be fun and provide some chuckles with some likeable characters while other moments consist of waiting around for the next fun sequence or having to spend time with annoying people you’d rather avoid. Like many an office Christmas party this film is fun enough but is kind of forgettable, or with moments you wish you could forget.

I’m probably being a little mean spirited, it’s not a bad film and it did make me laugh, it’s just not anything special and it pales in comparison with other Christmas movies. But if you’re looking for Christmas themed comedy with plenty of raunchy humour this may provide you with some festive distraction.

Rating 2.5/5 – amusing enough but a distinctly average Xmas movie

P.S -Merry Christmas everyone!

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The Gift

The Gift

Despite the title and this being the week of Christmas The Gift is not some lovely, warm Christmas movie. Instead The Gift is the directorial debut of actor Joel Edgerton, who also produces, writes and co-stars in this thriller.

Relocating from Chicago to Los Angeles married couple Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) hope to settle down and have a family. After running into an old classmate of Simon called Gordo (Joel Edgerton), the couple find that Gordo keeps appearing in their lives with small gifts that make Simon feel uncomfortable. Are Gordo’s intentions malicious?

Films like The Gift work better the less you know about it. Which makes it difficult to write a review on. What I will say is that the film is less like a horror as depicted in some of the trailers and more of a psychological thriller. My attention was constrantly gripped throughout the movie as I was trying to figure out what exactly Gordo was up to and try to piece together the clues on screen. While some expectations are subverted at it’s heart the film does not have the most original of ideas, but Edgerton’s direction is strong and creates a creepy atmosphere for the characters to live in.

While Joel Edgerton impresses as Gordo and pulls quadruple duties on this movie, his co-stars Rebecca Hall and Jason Batemen get more screen time as the couple who are the focus on Gordo’s attention. Hall once again is strong as the vulnerable Robyn and it’s interesting to see Bateman in a non-comedic role and one that he seems to revel in playing.

So if you are sick of lovey-dovey films this festive season and want something a bit more darker then try this psychological thriller.

Rating 3.5/5 – a smart directorial debut for Edgerton

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