Get Him to the Greek
Cast: Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Elisabeth Moss, Rose Byrne, Kali Hawk, Colm Meaney, Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera, Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs, Pink
Director: Nicholas Stoller
"What we do in life echoes in eternity!" -Russell Crowe, Gladiator
Get Him to the Greek
Review By: Matt J
In what is easily the funniest movie of the year, Russell Brand brings his Aldous Snow character back to the silver screen for a second time. If the name Aldous Snow sounds familiar it’s probably because you’ve seen Forgetting Sarah Marshall, a film where Brand played the same character. Turns out Mr. Snow was popular enough to get his own film and it comes in the form of Get Him To The Greek.
Just by looking at the producer credit, which goes to Mr. Judd Apatow, you would be foolish not to know what to expect. Hi-jinxes and shenanigans akin to those found in Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The 40 Year Old Virgin ensue. It’s a typical Apatow film, but it’s also probably one of the best.
As mentioned before, Russell Brand plays Aldous Snow, a narcissistic, anarchic and down on his luck rock star. While Aldous and his band Infant Sorrow used to be a big deal, he has recently fallen on hard times. He split with his wife Jackie Q (Rose Byrne) and he has turned to alcohol and drugs to keep busy. Enter Aaron Green (Jonah Hill). Aaron Green works for a record company that is looking for the next big thing. As his boss Sergio (Sean ‘P.Diddy’ Combs) tells him ‘We gotta thicken our revenue stream, the music business is failing’.
Green, a lifelong Infant Sorrow fan, suggests having a concert for the band at the famous Greek theatre. Aldous Snow played the Greek 10 years ago and it was wildly successful. Green thinks it’d be a great comeback idea to have Snow play the Greek again. He also thinks that it would make Sergio a ton of money. Sergio agrees and tells Aaron to fly to London, pick up Aldous and get him to the Greek theatre in 72 hours.
This is the basic premise and the plot doesn’t go much deeper than that. There’s no real build up or anything but it never really seems to hurt the film. The story is a bit conventional, but luckily it never feels boring or tedious.
The duo of Hill and Brand works exceptionally well. In this sort-of sequel, Brand clearly carries the film but Hill offers a better than expected performance and supports Brand perfectly. Brand reprises his role from Forgetting Sarah Marshall and he is essentially playing a toned down version of himself. He really gives off a genuine rock star persona though and he pulls off the role wonderfully. He’s also incredibly funny and his chemistry with Hill is a joy to watch.
This is probably one of Jonah Hill‘s best roles and although he’s still slowly easing out of the Superbad stage, it’s clear that the kid has some talent. He plays off of Brand’s character very well and every scene between the two of them is absolutely hilarious.
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There are honestly some brilliant comedic moments here and like in most Apatow films, things are taken very far but they still work. The plain outrageousness of some of the events that occur simply make it all the more humorous. It truly is a laugh out loud film.
A couple scenes in particular will induce pleasant memories from The Hangover as some of the Vegas scenes here are just as crazy. Get Him To The Greek never tries to be The Hangover though as it implements a different style of humor, one that like The Hangover, will have you in tears at some parts.
As an added bonus, all the music in the film is actually really well written. The lyrics are hilarious, the tunes are catchy and Brand and Bryne pull off all their songs with such perfection that perhaps they should consider embarking on a singing career. I’ve listened to the soundtrack many times and it never gets old.
What few faults the film does have are never too problematic. The structural and editing side of things could have been better as it does get messy at points. There is also a bit too much conventionality and predictability. Aside from this, Elisabeth Moss is a bit of a weak link in the cast. She just feels out of place and comes off as not belonging in the film. She doesn’t really compliment the tone and feel of the picture and it’s an odd casting choice.
Get Him To The Greek is a clever comedy where everything just works so well. Considering Brand reprises his role from Forgetting Sarah Marshall but Hill doesn’t may prove for some confusion in terms of whether it’s a sequel, spin-off, etc. In the end though, it doesn’t really matter.
The two leads shine and the chemistry between them is superb. They work with a sharp script and infuse just the right amount of ad libbing and improv into the film to make it one hell of a fun watch. It’s a clever satire and at the same time an over the top, no holds barred, wild ride though the world of of the music business. Stoller does a great job at spoofing it, hitting all the right notes and making sure anyone involved in the industry will pick up on more than a few inside jokes.
Get Him To The Greek is the funniest movie I’ve seen all year and anyone who enjoys laughing (which is probably everyone) owes it to themselves to see this comedic gem.
When it comes to the Blu-Ray, the film doesn’t disappoint. Most Universal
Feature Commentary with director Nicholas Stoller, cast members Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Rose Byrne, Elisabeth Moss and producer Rodney Rothman
Getting To Get Him to The Greek
Getting In Tune With The Greek
The Making of “African Child”
Deleted, extended and alternate scenes including an alternate intro and ending
Additional and extended scenes not available anywhere else (BD-exclusive)
Five Complete Music Videos featuring Aldous Snow, Infant Sorrow and Jackie Q
Musical Performances from Infant Sorrow’s triumphant 1999 Greek Theater Concert and 2009 Comeback Concert, plus a peek at their infamous World Tour and the 2002 London Concert
Musical performances from The Today Show and VH-1 Storytellers (BD-exclusive)
Karaoke – Sing along to 15 Outrageous Songs (BD-exclusive)
The actual auditions that landed Rose Byrne, Elisabeth Moss, Nick Kroll, Aziz Ansari and T.J. Miller their roles (BD-exclusive)
Instant access to stream a bonus movie by choosing one of three comedies: Uncle Buck, Dazed and Confused or Life via BD-Live or a smartphone (BD-exclusive)
Blind Medicine – a promo for Sarah Marshall’s new TV series
Highlights include the ‘Getting to the Greek’ and ‘Getting In Tune With The Greek’ documentaries as well as the musical performances from Infant Sorrow. The commentary is also fairly enjoyable and lively. Some of the features are smaller and not as significant but nevertheless, just about everything on the disc is worth checking out.
In terms of audio/video, Universal delivers a pretty solid disc. All the songs preformed here sound phenomenal. They come through clear and crisp. The surround sound is implemented perfectly and for a music heavy film, the dialogue never gets drowned out. Even in some of the busier scenes the track never drops. The audio is fantastic.
The picture quality is also great. The film features some wonderful photography from many locations such as London, Las Vegas and and Los Angeles and it all looks great. Contrast falters in a few scenes but aside from that, the picture is very well done. The concert sequence at the end looks particularly good and overall the picture is bright, colorful and is transferred over very nicely.
Overall, you really can’t go wrong with this package. The film itself is hysterical and you can easily watch it multiple times and still laugh with each viewing. The special features are also pretty enjoyable, and while they may not be top notch, they are better than average. Unless you’re a morbid, solemn person who doesn’t enjoy laughter, I can