|Love Guru, The|
|Written by Noah Fleming|
|Wednesday, 17 September 2008|
"The Love Guru" leaves you bored out of your mind, and wondering how on earth a film like this gets made. The answer to that question is easy - Mike Myers has a lot of pull. The comedic genius of Mike Myers is undeniable. He has brought numerous great skits to SNL, and "Wayne's World" and "Austin Powers" are cornerstones in today's film world.
But every great comedian's winning streak must come to an end. "The Love Guru" lacks in everything imaginable, from comedy to plots. This film might possibly reach the stoned community, but otherwise, the comedy is so far fetched that it just hits the ground with a huge thud. Simply put…Turd.
Mike Myers plays a Guru that is hired by the Toronto Maple Leafs professional hockey team to repair the romantic relationship of their best player and ensure their win of the Stanley Cup. Jessica Alba plays Jane, the owner of the Maple Leafs. Her character, like all the other characters, is left undeveloped. Naturally, the Guru and Jane develop a filmsy romance that comes together at the end. Romany Malco portrays Darren Roanoke, the star player of the Maple Leafs. His playing has going down the tubes (much like the film) when his wife leaves him for Darren's archrival, Jacques "Le Coq" Grande…haha. Justin Timberlake plays "Le Coq", and with a terrible French-Canadian accent at that.
The film would be predictable, but I don't think the creators even knew what direction they were taking the film. Proof of this is the 80-minute running length of the film. The movie tries to fit a ton of crazy lines that don't mean anything into a story. Well, once again…Turd.
If you are into a comedy film that leaves you scratching your head rather than laughing, then by all means, this is the film for you. But you are expecting a Mike Myers masterpiece you may just want to steer clear of "The Love Guru".
As with any film, usually, there is something entertaining in it. In "The Love Guru," the most interesting part would have to be…ummmm…ummmm…oh yeah, the outtake at the start of the closing credits. Verne Troyer delivers the greatest outtake I have seen in seen a long long time. It is most definitely the star scene of the film. I would almost say that the film is worth sitting through just to get to that 15-second outtake.
Being a new film, the video quality is very good. There is little to no grain or noise in the picture. The colors are vibrant throughout the film, and are enhanced by the stable black levels. The sequences in India, with the yellows, oranges, and reds are very strong. The fleshtones are accurate to a point. They are in that perfect range of being unnoticed. They are not plugged up, nor are they bland. The details in the film are strong as expected. You can basically count the wrinkles in the elephants.
The audio quality on the Blu-ray disc is fair. It is presented in a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio track. The mix is largely front-heavy. The stereo spread in the front is quite good, but the surround channels are lacking in both discrete effects and room-filling ambience. The dialogue is well recorded and balanced nicely. It is never difficult to hear what the actors are saying. The music score is mixed a little low in respect to the dialogue, making it practically non-existent if listening at normal TV level. The subwoofer is lacking the most. However, being a comedy with not a lot of sound effects, there is not much use for the channel.
The release of "The Love Guru" comes in a two-disc Blu-ray format. One disc is a Digital Copy. The Blu-ray disc contains the film along with a host of special features. The first bonus feature is "Mike Myers and The Love Guru – An Inside Look," which is a basic making of featurette. "One Hellava Elephant" is a feature about the elephants on set. "Hockey Training for Actors" is a featurette about the training that the actors went through on the ice. The deleted and extended scenes are no better than the film itself. The Bloopers and Outtakes and more features are actually funnier than the movie itself. "Back in the Booth with Trent and Jay" is a featurette about the dim-witted hockey announcers. The final bonus feature is the theatrical trailer. All the special features are presented in HD, which is refreshing.
"The Love Guru" is plain and simply a bomb. I even tried to watch the film a second time, thinking that I was just in the wrong mood the first time. But I just couldn't do it. I must advise skipping this Mike Myers film.