Vacation: Movie Review
Let's just get straight to the point, "Vacation" is as uninspired and as forgettable as you will expect it to be. The film has its funny moments for sure but with nothing really to work with beyond those patches of laughable sequences, "Vacation" is a retread that should have never gotten the green light to begin with.
Following in his father’s (Chevy Chase) footsteps, hoping for some much-needed family bonding and to freshen up their annual family trip, a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) surprises his wife, Debbie (Christina Applegate) and their two sons with a cross-country trip back to America’s favorite family fun park, Walley World. But a successful vacation trip is easier said than done as the Griswold family find themselves in a slew of unfortunate events and accidents that will definitely test their love and patience for each other.
You know something's wrong when the best characters in a film is either a minor character (Chris Hemsworth) or a supporting actor (Steele Stebbins). No doubt that "Vacation" had its moments but honestly, this is a pure bred comedy - meaning all if not most scenes will have some punch line or action that baits you to laughter. More than half of the time, lines and scenes were barely funny. The story is the same case too. It is bare bones but it also doesn't make a lot of sense as scenes never really gel together. It was really awkward to watch experience "Vacation". As awkward as the film's Chevy Chase scene where his character tries to give an old guitar to his grandson. The sequence might have worked back in the day but it feels weird three decades after. It's probably why "Vacation" bombs miserably - it tries to hard to follow its predecessor and major inspiration. Overall, "Vacation" features uninspired elements with a lackluster plot, broken up scenes and an overall campy feel that fails to works.
Rating: 1 and a half reels
Why you should watch it:
- Chris Hemsworth and Steele Stebbins brings some much needed life into the film
Why you shouldn't watch it:
- the story was lackluster and scenes never gel together
- the comedy has its moments but fails more than half of the time
Labels Beverly D'Angelo, Chevy Chase, Chris Hemsworth, Christina Applegate, comedy, Ed Helms, Leslie Mann, movie review, National Lampoon, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins, Vacation