ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE Movie Review
Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Quite a mouthful isn’t it? Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day follows Alexander and his family during possibly the worst day of their lives, or the best? No, without a doubt, this is the worst day of their lives, the title is no lie. After seeing so many scary and intense movies this month, will Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day be a welcome palette cleanser or a childish, cheesy mess? Read on and find out. Geek Ireland presents our review of Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day….I hate this title.
The Cooper’s are your average family, they laugh, they cry, but all in all they’re doing pretty well. Ben Cooper (Steve Carrell) is a stay at home dad with a background as an incredibly intelligent engineer. Kelly Cooper (Jennifer Garner) is crushing it as a high powered executive preparing for a big promotion, as long as her latest project goes to plan. Then there are the kids, Anthony (Dylan Minnette) and Emily (Kerris Dorsey), baby Trevor, and our hapless hero Alexander (Ed Oxenbould). Everything is going pretty well for the Cooper’s save Alexander, who goes through crappy day after crappy day. Then his twelfth birthday comes around and after an especially disastrous day Alexander decides that his family should understand his misery, so he makes a birthday wish that they have just as bad a day as him, and from there chaos ensues.
Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a fun movie. I don’t know what it was, but this was a great surprise. It was funny, the chemistry between the family was actually heart warming and Ed Oxenbould aka Alexander is a great lead. Not too over the top, not too childish, just right. He’s funny, affable and charming. He’s not the only one though who’s great, Steve Carrell also brings home the funny as the loveable father figure we all know and love. Anthony and Emily are an interesting duo but at the end of the day they’re okay, anyone could have played these two roles, especially Emily who is kind of forgettable. Then there is Jennifer Garner who is the usual workaholic mother, she is given some okay scenes but the comedy falters with her, there is one scene in particular that could have been real comedy gold, but her comedic chops aren’t strong enough to elevate it. The set pieces in the movie are set up nicely, there are some standout moments where the laughs were well earned and I was genuinely engaged with what was going on. Also, the comedy is great when it hits, and it misses almost as often, but that is okay, this is a family movie and will definitely bring in the kids. Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a great movie, the comedy is great, hit and miss at times but great. There is a fair bit of emotional cheese as well which can go down well or not so well depending on your world view.
Steve Carrell is great, especially when he brings the physical comedy and Ed Oxenbould is equally as good, showing that he is definitely going places. Jennifer Garner tries her best and the rest of the supporting cast give it a decent go. This is a great movie for the family and should definitely be seen and always remember, Pirate or Puke?