Wild Target (2010)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The fact that I actually rented this movie suggest that, even picking this one up off the shelf was a small step out of my comfort zone in terms of the films I see. Normally, I go for stories that are more "feet firmly planted on the ground" – so to speak, but the trailer for Wild Target just hit me in all the right places. (No pun intended!)

Living up to his father’s expectations is something Victor Maynard (Bill Nighy) has done well. Taking over the family business, as it were, Victor is a professional hit man. His hits are all carried out with precision and nary a single hiccup – however, living up to his mother’s standards is another thing all together. Rose (Emily Blunt) is one con away from being in a very dangerous situation. Her latest and biggest swindle to date involves selling a painting to the wealthy Ferguson (Rupert Everett) who has the means to buy an original, only problem is, right under their noses she switches out the original for a forgery.

When these two get tangled up in each other’s lives, things go array…

Victor’s latest assignment is taking Rose out. But during his foiled attempts, his surveillance of her makes him see her as more than just a job. Rescuing her from an attempt on her life by Ferguson’s amateur bodyguards, Victor instead decides to protect her, and he acquires a young tag-along, Tony (Rupert Grint) in the process. Under the impression that Victor is a private detective, it becomes one wild journey after the next for these three misfits to come out of their situation without a target on their back.

Seeing the trailer spot for this makes it appear like a wild, wacky adventure is in the making. If “safe” and “normal” are mutually exclusive to your language when talking of movies, beware, this won’t be your cup of tea. It takes those two words in completely opposite directions.

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Wild Target is one zany comedy… and it's this dynamic on screen which gets it into the most trouble. The ensuing chuckles come in places where laughter really shouldn’t erupt but does. Plenty of the comedy is on target in more ways than just its potential to ruin an otherwise fun script – it didn’t give itself enough credit, but the bulk of it relies way too much on crude humor, and it’s that brand of comic relief that can leave an unpleasant aftereffect. There are plenty of things to admire though. Normally, costumes do not mean much to me unless watching a costume drama, but here the wardrobe was… interesting to say the least. Rose’s ensembles were a blend of retro and modern, and mostly insane, still somehow on her, they just worked!

Casting is very important to what the outcome of the movie will ultimately mean to me. I love, love Emily Blunt. She first gained national attention in The Devil Wears Prada and since then, has shot to stardom. Something about her acting is fabulous, I wasn’t, however so fond of the rest of the cast. All of them may be star quality talent but for these roles, I think different people would have been better. The exceptions were Everett, Martin Freeman (who I'd later come to know as Watson in BBC's Sherlock), and Eileen Atkins (this time she has the shotgun instead of Helen Mirran, and who could resist that!?). The final scene is teased and “expected” early on, so it was of no surprise. It was handled fairly well, and while I didn’t mind it because the thrust of the story was meant to be zany and certainly comedic – and nothing more, I still think different casting would have made it more interesting, while still depicting mismatched companions.

Likely, this isn’t going to be something I’ll watch over and over again but when browsing the video store shelves looking for a good laugh, it's sure to suffice.

Rose’s lovemaking is overheard with surveillance equipment. Various sexual innuendoes and “jokes” are bantered about; questions arise whether or not Victor is homosexual. Early on, one barely negligible f-word is used plus sh*t, da*n. At least four assassination attempts are made on Tony or Rose’s lives. One occurs in the bathtub where the man holds Tony’s head down, attempting to drown him; the camera barely avoids nudity. At least four men are killed. A gun backfires on a man [the camera briefly shows the piece shot back into his head]. The film is rated PG13.


  1. So, Rissi, sum it up in one word: Yes or No...should I see it? ;-)

    I do love Emily Blunt. Is it just me or do you think she is underrated? I look forward to seeing her do more. I would love to see her do a movie with her real life husband, John Krasinski (I love him in "The Office") ;-)

    Eileen Atkins with a gun?! That I have got to see!

  2. One word: yes.

    I don't "regret" having seen "Wild Target," Ella, but I also didn't like it well enough to buy (unless I ever see it somewhere for under five-dollars!), however, I would rent it again. There is just something crazy about the movie that makes it engaging.

    Emily Blunt is a fabulous actress and each film I've seen her in, she has contiued to prove to be a rising British star. Seeing her star in something with her husband, John would be fun: I always think that makes for a "better" movie when there are connections like that.

    And, yes Seeing Eileen with a shotgun is... hilarious! =D


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