17 Again review
To people who have negative feelings toward Efron and his sexuality, I urge you to put them aside for this film. Alright, maybe not THAT much.
Putting High School Musical aside, Zac Efron actually did a relatively decent job in 17 Again, although I could see hints of his HSM tenure, alot of the dialogue that was in parts of this film really stood out, like the scene within the cafeteria, a scene which, despite being a little cliché, worked. It worked because Efron managed not to over-dramatise the lines, but at the same time that whole scene was simply redundant.
Matthew Perry was, as always, a delight to see, and hasn't rusted one bit since his last outing.
As the film progressed, it began to get a little interesting, albeit clichéd. The cheesy one liners, and the romantic speeches were all too familiar, but somehow it worked with this film.
Efron wasn't a complete bore in this, but actually had the capacity to show some emotion, something which I thought he couldn't do.
The plot was definitely something that caught my attention throughout the whole film, the idea of becoming young again is something that makes an astounding concept, but the way it happened was far too baffling, and it just lost quite a bit of credibility from the moment he became a teenager, simply because of the way it happened.
I didn't see Vanessa Hudgens anywhere though, would've been a lovely addition to the film. Leslie Mann, however, was a brilliant side attraction to a film that was average, and made the film just that little bit special. Same goes for Matthew Perry, if he wasn't co-starring in this, I most definitely would have 'second thought-ed' this film, I just wouldn't have enjoyed it as much.
I did love how Efron tried to pick up some of Perry's mannerisms, I say tried, because it was like some of Perry was trying to burst out from his younger co-star's character.
Despite all of this, it's quite refreshing seeing Efron in a different role, and branching out to different genres, and personally feel he is one to keep an eye on for future projects.
Overall, average film, Efron- decent actor, nice to see Perry in an active role, Leslie Mann always a great sight to see, plot was familiar, but not too familiar that it made me want to pull my eyelashes out.