Year One: DVD Review
Released by Sony Home Entertainment
It was one of the films I enjoyed least of 2009 so it was with a degree of
trepidation that I watched the DVD and Blu Ray release of Year One, the comedy
with Jack Black and the ever brilliant Michael Cera.
They play Zed and Oh respectively, a pair of cavemen who find themselves
kicked out of their tribe and thrust into the real world. Along the way, the
feeble hunter (Black) and the timid gatherer (Cera) form an unlikely friendship
and find themselves in a bit of a predicament.
The problem with Year One is the script - it's clearly not with the
performers and the legendary director Harold Ramis (who may be destined to be
remembered for Groundhog Day) but the material is a little feeble and just
tragically unfunny - which is not great for a comedy.
There are some great supporting performances as well from the likes of
House's Olivia Wilde as an empress and Cera's fellow Arrested Developmenter
David Cross - but it's just not enough to pull the film together and make it any
Year One ranks as one of the year's hugest disappointments - younger teens
will love it - but the rest of us may wonder what's so funny.
Extras: Quite a good collection here - a theatrical and
unrated version give you twice the thrills if you feel like it; alternate
scenes, deleted scenes, gag reels, commentary with director and stars and a
featurette are the lion's share of the extras