Movie Review: R.I.P.D. (2013)

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Bacon

Directed by: Robert Schwentke

After Nick is murdered on a drugs raid by his own partner, he joins the Rest In Peace Department which protect the world from the undead. While adjusting to his new surroundings and partner he learns that his old partner is behind something that could potentially destroy the world.

This movie is never going be the type of movie that wins awards for its brilliance but what R.I.P.D will do is make you laugh and enjoy yourself for the best part of hour and forty minutes. Ryan Reynolds does what Ryan Reynolds does best and that’s provides a giggle a minute and although he plays the same kind of character in every one of his comedy movies he’s just so entertaining to watch. Ever since seeing a young Ryan Reynolds in Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place when I was a teenager I’ve been a big fan and enjoyer of his work. He is the star of this movie as he plays main character Nick, a Boston police officer who if murdered by his partner (Kevin Bacon) while on a drugs bust. He has every reason to hold a grudge and be angry but doesn’t get the chance to mourn in the after life as he is recruited by the Rest In Peace Department, a policing of the undead who are hidden on Earth. His partner Roy (Jeff Bridges) who is an old school 1800’s lawman takes him under his wing as they discover that Nick’s old partner is scheming to destroy the world.

Jeff Bridges is the highlight of this movie and his performance truly shows off his well known versatility as he can pretty much take any role and make it his own. Initially his accent and way of speaking was difficult to grasp but after his first few lines it becomes pretty easy. He and Ryan Reynolds worked really well together on screen and it’s a partnership that I’d like to see again in future projects. There was also a great supporting role in the form of Mary Louise Parker who plays Proctor, kind of like the Captain of the R.I.P.D and she provides us with a great deal of laughs for her short on screen time.

Overall this movie was pretty decent to watch and although the story is pretty stupid and the second half isn’t as interesting to watch as the first half the comedic performances by Reynolds, Bridges and company more than make up for it. It’s the type of movie you can sit down and watch without having to think a great deal, just relax and enjoy yourself.


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