Channing Tatum deserves better than a movie that is so bad it deserves to be ranked next to Showgirls in the list of movies that their creators will eventually pretend were meant to be parodies.
Now that is a pretty good burn.
Except that Showgirls is blatantly obviously a parody…
For some reason, I’d thought this was a Jeremy Renner vehicle. Huh.
Hey! This movie wasn’t that bad! They even figured out how to have a car chase in the middle of a hostage situation.
Why does Channing Tatum deserve better?
Because Charming Potato isn’t that bad an actor. But I guess SOMEONE had to do this film.
With all the allusions to “Bert Macklin saves Obama” I thought this whole thing was supposed to be a loving send-up of the genre, like Hot Fuzz, but I guess not.
The previews made this look pretty parodical to me. Maybe I just don’t have very high standards for a John McClane/Barack Obama buddy comedy, which is what this seems to me to be.
I’m with Jim – Channing Tatum is The current Shia LaBeouf… a not-especially charming, not praticularly talented actor whose only redeeming quality seems to be that Hollywood keeps insisting he’s The Next Big Thing. I don’t have anything against him, but I’ve seen better actors in small town community theaters, and he certainly doesn’t “deserve” anything.
Edit – his other redeeming quality is his stage name. Which is deliciously hilarious.
Offscreen, The Beef tends to come across as a pretentious weirdo. C-Tates tends to come across as a decent, likeable guy who is well aware of his limitations as an actor and has a sense of humour.
Also, he has a Secret Handshake with the kid who played his daughter in White House Down, and after watching that (the handshake, that is, not the film) I find it hard to hold any of his past roles against him.
I’m with Jim – Channing Tatum is The current Shia LaBeouf… a not-especially charming, not praticularly talented actor whose only redeeming quality seems to be that Hollywood keeps insisting he’s The Next Big Thing.
This was a fair sentiment prior to Charming Potato’s turns in 21 Jump Street, Side Effects and Magic Mike, as he was just plain good in all of those movies. And he’s good in White House Down too, channeling early-period John McClane better than Bruce Willis does nowadays.
I’m with Jim Caldwell. Tatum just stares at you with that dull look, and you know the only thing in that empty skull of his are squirrels running around in all that free space.
Well, Tatum is the ancestor of CALCULON, greatest Robot Actor of the 31st Century!
Tatum is a much better actor than Shia, because Tatum has no illusions about who he is or what he does.
Shia LeBouf kinda strikes me as what Will Weaton would be if someone had cast Will Weaton as the star of both Transformers and Indiana Jones and it all went to his head.
Meanwhile, Channing Tatum will always have a special place in my girlfriends *ahem* heart after his performance in Magic Mike.
This is how I keep the two separate in my mind.
Dang, I thought Channing Tatum was a character from the Simpsons.
You might be thinking of Drederick Tatum? (I probably didn’t spell that right. Is there a Simpsons wiki where I can check? Who am I kidding, of course there is.)
This guy. Oh, hey, I think I did spell it right!
I’m surprised on all the Tatum hate on this site (not really, many years on the internet have made me accustomed to it, I just don’t understand it because I’ve seen a number of great performances from him, even pre- jump street…same with shia lebouf, sometimes in the same movie).
All that said, what didn’t work about this movie for you?
Haven’t seen the movie or even a trailer, but White House Down is a great name for a parody. Or a punk band.
A.V. Club gave this a good review compared to Olympus Has Fallen, supposedly because the latter took itself too seriously and this one is more like dumb fun. Thoughts?
Had to be said.
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