|Yes Man (2008)|
|Written by Noah Fleming|
|Wednesday, 08 April 2009|
I had high expectations going into this film. With Jim Carrey's past repertoire including "Ace Ventura" and "The mask," who wouldn't have great expectations? Sadly, we are left feeling empty and cheated. This is unfortunately, one of those films where the trailer contains every one of the hilarious moments of the film, leaving the rest of the dull.
Jim Carrey stars as Carl Allen, a man who has been hurt in the past and has now become a cynical man who always say no to every opportunity leaving him at a dead-end job. Then, one day he happens by chance to come across an old buddy that informs him about the "Yes-Man" club. No surprise, but the club has the tagline, "Yes is the new no," which doesn't exactly make sense if you think about it.
After Carl's best friend informs him that he is a complete a-hole and Carl has a dream that he dies completely alone, he decides to attend the Yes seminar. Terence Stamp plays the part of the leader of the Yes seminar. Naturally, Carl is singled-out from the entire crowd. Still wanting to say no to everything, Carl is challenged by Terence to say yes to every opportunity once he leaves the complex. With a little push from his old buddy, Carl begins to say yes. His first task is to drive a homeless man back to a park across town, lend him his cell phone, which he completely drains the battery, and give him an entire wad of cash. In doing so his car runs out of gas and he is forced to walk all the way into town to fill up a container of gas. Not feeling very good about the whole yes thing, he happens to meet Allison (Zooey Dechanel), an eccentric individual who rides a moped. With every yes, something good is supposed to arrive, and Allison is the positive of this scenario.
Carl begins to find that saying yes is more helpful to his life and career than always saying no. Saying yes lands him in some pretty odd sexual encounters. Carl gets promoted at work, twice, and falls in love with Allison. Everything seems good for Carl, until he is detained at the airport by Federal Agents. He is thought to be a terrorist due to all the activities he has done in saying yes. When in fact he is just living life. This is how Allison finds out about the yes challenge. She is hurt and cannot distinguish what Carl has said and done that is the result of him as a person and what is the result of him having to say yes to everything.
Carl's world begins to crumble. When he attempts to confront Terence, he gets them involved in a car accident, landing them both in the hospital. It is there that Terence informs Carl that there is no covenant to having to say yes. Saying yes all the time was just to get him started. Now it finally dawns on Carl and he sets off to get Allison back.
The premise of this film is a lot like "Liar Liar." Just a coincidence that both films star Jim Carrey...I think not. Unfortunately, the need to say yes all the time wears thin after a short while. The comedown from the Carl's high is a real let down and it feels as if the writers just couldn't figure out how to wrap up the film.
Jim Carrey gives a good performance, and Zooey Deschanel is cute as a button. Their performances are just not enough to compensate for a lame plot development. The movie has some good moments in the middle, but the beginning and end just drag. The comedic moments are just too few and far between. However, there are moments in which you will split your side from laughing.
The video transfer of this Blu-ray release is slightly above adequate. The black levels are decent, but not expansive. The colors are enhanced by the black levels, but the image is still left a bit flat. There is not much in the way of distinct shadow delineation. Edges are only somewhat defined. I was disappointed in this area. There are a variety of sequences that look closer to the standard definition detail range. Textures are a bit smeared as well. Contrast is a bit hot, creating a little bit of a ballooned image. The video quality is not as good as many of the recent digital transfers, but it is more than adequate for this typical comedy film.
The audio is presented in Dolby TrueHD 5.1, however, the film automatically starts defaulted to the Dolby Digital 5.1 track. There isn't much different between the two. The sound design is very front heavy. The dialogue remains anchored in the center channel, with the occasional off screen vocal pan. The surround channels are never engaging. Discreet effects are missing from the surrounds. The LFE channel is virtually non-existent. However, it does get into gear during the Yes Seminar sequence. In fact, it is bit over powering. Dialogue is clear and always audible. Other than that, the audio track is really straightforward.
The Blu-ray release comes with two discs. The first disc is the Blu-ray, containing the feature film and special features. The second disc contains a Digital Copy of the film for portable media players. The special features on the Blu-ray disc "Downtime on the set of 'Yes Man' with Jim Carrey. This is a typical interview. "Jim Carrey: Extreme Yes Man" takes a look at Jim Carrey's stunts in the film. "Future Sounds: Munchausen by Proxy" takes a look at the eccentric band in the film. There are five music videos by Proxy on the disc: "Uh-huh," "Yes Man," "Star-Spangled Banner," "Sweet Ballad" and "Keystar." The last standard special features are some deleted scenes and a gag reel. Exclusive to the Blu-ray is "On Set with Danny Wallace," who is the original Yes Man. "Say Yes to Red Bull!" is a look at Jim Carrey's Red Bull hyperactive nature. "Yes Man: Party Central with Norman Stokes (Rhys Darby)" looks at Carl's boss' character Norm. Lastly, there is some exclusive material available via BD-Live.
"Yes Man" will leave you feeling cheated. You can save yourself time by simply watching the trailer for the film. The video quality is decent, as is the audio quality. Neither will leave you feeling astounded. I would suggest a quick rent for this one.