When I heard about this project and what is it about (a woman between two best friends), I had an immediate hunch that I’m going to have a hard time with the female lead. I feel that writing a sympathetic character in itself is already a hard task. Let alone when that said character is in a position where me, as a man, would undoubtedly have had a hard time to witness. That position when love triumphs over friendship. It does happen in real life but it doesn’t make it easier to bear. And she does failed. The movie itself is actually a fun and had a right amount of humor here and there to ignite a chuckle but overall, the main serving just isn’t that pleasing. Well perhaps, I just don’t like the female lead of this movie in the first place. I never was. Tsk. Now I couldn’t wait for Tom Hardy’s Bane and Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk in order to cleanse their slate after this project.
Tuck (Tom Hardy) and FDR (Chris) is what you’d call a bro-for-life. They both a CIA field agent (I refused to call them a Spy as the movie’s tagline has suggested), one would went an extra mile to cover the other’s back, getting together for a “Chips” marathon and a Rock Band session, one who would not hesitate in saying “I love you” to one another. You know, best friends. Then came this woman between them, and you know the rest. There’s this throwaway plot about some German dude who want a revenge or something, but it hardly matters. This throwaway plot only exists to give the boys an action time but the real “plot” is about this woman and of course, who is she gonna chose at the end.
To give it credits where it’s due, the boys had a great chemistry. Tom Hardy is a serious actor at heart and I believe this is his first full foray into a comedy but he held reasonably well. More than enough for me to get even more curious about his Bane in the next Batman film. Oh, I think it’s going to be great. Chris Pine is obviously more fitting for his character and I think he doesn’t have to work really hard for it. But my point is, both have a great chemistry. Which is why when the lady comes between them, I’m sorry, but I honestly, cannot like a character that ruins a very well defined and very liked on-screen friendship. Especially if the character is brought out by an actress that I’m not interested to begin with. I think it would’ve been better if you convinced that the actress is worth the cost of a friendship. I might, for instance, had a change of heart if it was Amy Adams in her shoes. But, beggars can’t be choosers, right?
Hollywood, and probably entertainment business in general are not very forgiving to the ladies. I could name several actors who are well above sixty and even approaching and beyond eighty and still gets a nice paycheck without the cynic called them a “sell-out.” Above fifty? And there are lots more. But the ladies? They had it hard. I believe I had read a lengthy article about this, this, commercialization of youth in Hollywood. And then there’s this case about an actress who sued imdb because the site had listed her age. What I’m trying to say is, while men are generally accepted to be more ripe as they age, the women, in my opinion and within an entertainment industry, did not. At least, far too small in number to make it matter. So, while I could admire both Tom Hardy and Chris Pine because of their gorgeous figure and tight fit suit, I wish I could say the same to the lady. I guess, in the end, I was at fault as well because, I am judging the women in the film from their age too. Hm.
One last note, the lady in this movie is actually older than both boys.