Monday, January 19, 2009

Film Review: Yes Man

.:Film Review: Yes Man:.

In a world where you can only say "Yes"...

Now, everyone knows I'm a big fan of Jim Carrey. I loved him in "The Mask", and I'm especially partial to his portrayal of Andy Kauffman in "Man On The Moon", among other stellar efforts he has put in. Whether it's a comedy or a serious role, I tend to expect myself to watch, because I really love the guy. In fact, my favorite movie up to now is "Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind", and his presence in the film was a major reason for that...

Having said that, "Yes Man" was definitely a very good comedy flick featuring the comedic genius of Jim Carrey. Admittedly, the premise of this film was rather similar to "Liar, Liar", but hey, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. From the very slice of life situation of a routine, boring life that's going nowhere to the sheer excitement that can be gotten from saying yes to practically everything, this film takes you on an emotional ride that makes you laugh, makes you think, and makes you appreciate just how amazing the universe can be when it flexes its muscles.

By now, you know the general premise of the film. I don't need to spoil it for you, so I can just go ahead and write this with reckless abandon. A movie that explores what it means to say "yes" to anything and everything. It's so easy to say "no". It's so easy to stay in our comfort zones when something comes from out of nowhere and intrigues us but scares us at the same time.

What holds us back from saying "yes" to these things? Is it habit? Is it fear? Is it uncertainty? Whatever your reasons may be, this film will ask you to question these reasons, and dare you to say "yes" to the things you would never even dream of doing. You only live once, after all, and this film is testament to just how amazing life can be when you live a little instead of making a spectator sport out of it.

Despite the shortcomings of the film and despite the fact that it isn't as laugh-out-loud funny as Carrey's other films, I have to say that this is a must-see if you're a fan of the man, as I am.

Critical Evaluation: B-
Fun Evaluation: A-

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