Finally I had seen the Movie Vacation written and directed by Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley (in their directorial debuts). It stars Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Leslie Mann, and Chris Hemsworth. I liked the original movie with Chevy Chase back in the days, but had no really high hopes this one would keep up with it.
So what awaits us at Vacation ? This is a kind of spin-off of the then successful films with Chevy Chase as head of the family of the Griswold´s. In this Vacation Movie we get to know the family of the Son of Chevy Chase Vacation who takes a road trip through the States with his two sons and his wife. So far so good, now we all have an expectation towards this movie, but this one does not really even want to start somehow. It is more or less a sequence of convulsively funny acting moments, without being able to really build an action or even tension. It is drawn a joke after another which ignites more or less well. Unfortunately, everything seemed very frantically, and the film is, how should I say, peppered with clichés. The father, who is unhappy at work, who does not have aperfect marriage, the disputes of the children, first love, and getting older was as well in there. So here is my conclusion: Who expected here a film of the Griswold family as he knows them, with Chevy Chase, will be mercilessly disappointed. Who, however, likes to see Ed Helms, is not annoyed by him as soon as you see him on the canvas and just want to see the road trip of a family who just exudes from accidents, accidents and mishaps, will have no problem about jokes that are sub standard. The film certainly has wit and charm, but with the old movies it cannot, well not keep up, is the wrong terms, I’d rather say you can draw here no comparison.
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