Does This Means War mean a ‘confusing’ and ‘incredibly cynical’ film?

In the McG-directed This Means War two of the world's deadliest CIA operatives (Chris Pine and Tom Hardy) are inseparable partners and best friends – until they discover that they've fallen in love with the same woman (Reese Witherspoon).

Presenter Grant Lauchlan was joined in the Moviejuice studios for this week’s reviews by film critics Janice Forsyth and Graeme Virtue.

Grant immediately turned to Janice and said: “Do you think it’s fair to admit that I fell asleep during this film?”

Janice replied: “I think you were really lucky that you fell asleep! I was actually conscious for all of it and wish I hadn’t been – it’s a very confusing film.

“It starts with these two buddies – it’s almost as if it’s a sequel to a movie. You’re supposed to care about them. There’s supposed to be this incredible dynamic between them.

“It’s a film that’s incredibly cynically made. I don’t know who it’s going to appeal to, I can’t believe in either of them being buddies, I don’t believe in them falling in love with the gal. None of it works for me – terrible title, terrible everything.”

Did Graeme like it at all? He replied: “I quite like these types of films, True Lies or Mr & Mrs Smith, where the joke is supposed to be super-good spies team up against the drudgery of the every day.

“But there was never any every day in this film; their flats were absolutely outrageous in this film. Tom Hardy had two motorbikes parked in his apartment, and Chris Pine had a swimming pool above him.

“It had no relation to real life.”

So what did they give the movie out of five? Tune into Moviejuicetonight at 8pm to find out – and we’ll also have extended reviews online after the show.

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