Benjamin Maio Mackay
Keeping Up With The Joneses - 2.5 Stars
A little slow to warm up, but once there this is a non-stop joyride.
An ordinary suburban couple (Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher) discover it’s not easy keeping up with their impossibly gorgeous and ultra-sophisticated new neighbors, the Joneses (Jon Hamm, Gal Gadot) – especially when they discover that Mr. and Mrs. “Jones” are really covert operatives.
This film’s plot isn’t exactly intelligent, but it is a fresh change from films that take themselves too seriously, superheroes and crass comedies. Zach Galifianakis is delightful and Isla Fisher is the funnier of the duo. Gal Gadot lacks any charisma, but her role also doesn’t offer her much to play with. Jon Hamm is a comic genius, but has no real rapport with his on-screen wife Gadot. The lack of rapport between Hamm and Gadot is in stark contrast with Galifianakis and Fisher who have wonderful comic timing with each other. Patton Oswalt is also bemusing as the villain of the piece. Honourable mentions must go out to Veep alumni Matt Walsh and Kevin Dunn, both of whom offer great comic performances.
Overall this isn’t an intelligent film, but it is a fun night out.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of 20th Century Fox