by: S. Scott Stanikmas
I usually hate when they start with Christmas stuff too early. Working in retail killed my holiday spirit. But like, the Grinch, I feel my heart growing at the Wrap’s news of Jonathan Levine’s as-yet-named Christmas Eve comedy getting a release date of November 25th 2015. This is a Christmas come early that even Scrooge couldn’t find fault with.
The comedy is set to star Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie as three childhood friends who always look forward to their annual Christmas Eve reunion where they go out and raise all kinds of hell. But all good things must come to an end, and as they mature into adulthood, they decide to go out with a bang and try to find the most legendary of all parties – The Nutcracka Ball.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a damn chameleon, able to be anything onscreen that he wants to be. From Dark Knight Rises to Looper to Premium Rush, he shows that he can do whatever he wants character-wise and excel at it. Tagging him up with Rogen, whom he’s shown to have great chemistry with in Levine’s 50/50, was a wise choice. I know a lot of people shit on Seth Rogen, but I still enjoy his stuff. And Mackie is an incredible actor as well. More known for his dramatic roles, like in The Hurt Locker, I detected a sly sense of humor in his portrayal of Sam Wilson (codename: Falcon) in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Levine has a good style that I really enjoy. I thought 50/50 was an incredible film. And while not sweeping the zombie genre by storm, I thought Warm Bodies was a cute film and a decent effort. As for this upcoming movie, I hope it’s a gift I’ll enjoy unwrapping come Thanksgiving week.