I rarely go into movies completely blind. For the last 3 weeks after moving into our new place, I was completely Internet and TV-less so I was barely able to check up on any movie news, releases and the like. A good friend of mine asked if I wanted to see this new movie starring Seth Rogen and one of my fantasy husbands Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Figured I like the two so why not?!
… I went into The Night Before completely blind and came out with the biggest smile on my face it hurt. Guys, I adored this movie.
JGL can honestly charm the pants off a mannequin. Seth Rogen had me cracking up throughout the film. Anthony Mackie was fantastic. The chemistry between these 3 was just something else, I truly believed they were the best of friends. Every secondary character served a purpose and did not feel like dead weight.. It’s a miracle to spot that in a comedy!
Lizzy Caplan makes me a happy camper and HO BOY the character of Josh was spectacular. The standout for me, and I believe many others, had to have been Michael Shannon.. The mysterious “quiet intensity” this man possesses is bone-chilling and made me uncomfortable yet at ease every time he was on screen..
*Side note:* and honestly, I felt more love between Diana & Ethan for 10 minutes moreso than the entire relationship between Bond & Swann in Spectre.. But that is for another review.
Besides all the characters that were actually developed.. The writing of this movie was surprisingly incredible. Everything connected, there was virtually no wasted plot because every single piece of dialogue served its purpose. There were also way too many times I felt things I did not expect to feel, my friends. Labeling it strictly as a “stoner comedy” does it an injustice.. A 16 year old slacker can enjoy this film just as much as a 36 year old housewife can, however they may love it for different reasons which shows that it can truly transcend audiences.
Besides a few glaring lapses of logic that made me go HAH?? (yes.. I’m aware it’s a movie but don’t tell me these guys honestly thought they could pull off that Goldeneye moment) The Night Before delivers in the greatest way possible.. It made me laugh hard in one minute and warm my heart the next. If you’re looking for a particular film like that, PLEASE check out The Night Before. It is a beautifully made R-rated comedy perfect for a hilarious night out with friends. Cannot recommend it enough.
The Night Before receives 4.5/5 Matt Damon heads.