From the director of Napoleon Dynamite (2004) and Nacho Libre (2006) comes a love story with blackmail and robbery.
Director: Jared Hess
Stars: Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Kate Mckinnon
Release Date: October 21st, 2016
Text: Jennifer Britt Lundberg Hansen
This is a comedy flick based on an actual bank robbery in 1997, where $17.3 million in cash was stolen from a North Carolina bank. Focusing on the stupidity of criminals, Masterminds (2016) is filled with outlandish and over-the-top humor, much like Jared Hess’ previous directorial work. It is heavily focused on characters rather than on well-written dialogues.
A man named David Ghant (Zach Galifianakis) happens to be involved in a heist of a lifetime. He lives a fairly monotonous life and longs for excitement. The only reason he became an armored truck driver was to have a chance of getting robbed one day. Also, David is in love with his former co-worker Kelly (Kristen Wiig) and would do anything to be with her. When Steve Chambers (Owen Wilson) notices David’s affection for Kelly, Steve and company take advantage of the fragile and innocent David.
What does one do for love? We take extreme, at times desperate measures in order to get closer to those who we feel a strong connection with. We lose sleep, can’t concentrate and lose our appetite. All we think about is that very person. We stop thinking reasonably and even might behave in inappropriate ways. David’s obsession with Kelly leads him into making irresponsible decisions. Stating the obvious, this is how this comedic film tries to tell a true robbery story. Taking the blackmail angle, Masterminds (2016) does not offer anything that hasn’t been done before and makes it difficult to like it. There were a few chuckles, mostly because of the main character’s pronunciation of Spanish words. Kristen Wiig’s performance stood out as my favorite of the cast. Should you see this movie? I would wait till it comes on television.