Year One (2009) English Movie
Year One is a 2009 comedy film starring Jack Black, Michael Cera, Oliver Platt, David Cross, Hank Azaria in lead roles and directed by Harold Ramis. Read the Critic’s review for the movie “Year One” at CacuttaTube.
Year One (2009) – A mediocre story made into an obnoxious film bubbling filled with filthy comedy. Year One may be an eventful journey, yet not a classic Odyssey!
A lame drama that starts with some humans not quite familiar with any blessings of civilizations- they are hunters and gatherers. It is a time in the past when they do not know the answers to natural phenomena – what happens to the sun at night or what lies beyond the hills, but have earned the maturity to raise these questions – if not all of the men, some of them certainly did. Interestingly, there stands a tree of wisdom with forbidden fruits in their ‘village’. This group abandon one of its people – the most unsmart one, named Zed (Jack Black) for the felony of eating the forbidden fruit. Zed’s pal Oh (Micheal Cera), is the other guy that the community has never care for, follows Zed in his exile – not out of friendship or compassion, but for a much prosaic reason. Oh’s dwelling place is burnt in a fire, and there is no place for him to leave. So, there goes the two most naive people their community has ever seen to explore a new world.
Running Time: 1 hr. 40 min.
Release Date: June 19th, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, brief strong language and comic violence.
Distributors: Sony Pictures Releasing
Starring: Jack Black, Michael Cera, Oliver Platt, David Cross, Hank Azaria
Directed by: Harold Ramis
Produced by: Rodney Rothman, Harold Ramis, Judd Apatow
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The fruit has filled Zed with wisdom, at least he claims that he has become smart. He makes Oh ask him questions, but the forbidden fruit does not provide him any answers. These two men, no matter eaten the forbidden fruit or not, have already been full of human instincts. They desired women – Emma and Maya (Juno Temple, June Raphael) in their primitive group, and for Zed, anyone outside!
As they walk towards the unknown world, they see villages with people who have already discovered the art of cultivation, invented wheels and boats, and have settled in proper villages, and with further travel into new lands they see huge towns and cities, markets and ports – lands of dreams, hope, perversion and politics. The more civilized humans are, the more complications they are up to.
The primitive pair get motion sick from their ox-cart ride with Cain (David Cross), the first born son of Adam (Harold Ramis) and Eve (Rhoda Griffis), who they have witnessed to kill his brother Abel (Paul Rudd, uncredited). During their night stay at Adam’s place, Zed is sent to sleep with his young hostess, who is bound to be attractive in any man’s eyes, but finds herself attracted towards towards other women. And Oh shares bed with his other host – a creepy sick fart. The next day when the villagers find out about Cain killing Abel, he flees with this primitive pair.
On their way to the city of Sodom, Zed and Oh discover that their smarter fellow men and women have been made captives who will end up in being slaves. They follow their friends to Sodom – a huge city now suffering from draught. They royals say that the subjects do not have food, but that does not prevent them from dressing up gorgeously!! And the streets are thronged by people, where the shop-keepers selling food. Neither the mass, nor the class look weak, feeble or unfed in the slightest extent. The aristocratic family and the priests make sacrifice of human lives – virgin women – into the fire to satisfy the gods to get rain. Zed and Oh gather quite some experience in the city, fall in the eyes of the pretty princess, along that get into a lot of trouble. They have already been through a very eventful journey all way long, where they have meet the biblical character Abraham (HankAzaria) who is obsessed with circumcision. He chases Issac (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) all over for his offering of a little bit of his foreskin, not much(!).
I wonder if Zed and Oh has just travelled across new lands, or also in space and time, that they meet Adam and Abraham at the same time! Abraham was 20th generation from Adam, history says! Adam is said to live about 6 to 7 thousand years ago (about 4000 BC) (ref: wiki.answers.com) and Abraham and Issac between 2000-1500 B.C. Historians can better confirm that.
In the city of Sodom, they come across meet a very hair priest who loves hot oil massage (Oliver Platt) and princess Inanna’s place is wonderland of celebration of flesh and sex, where Zed and Oh’s gals serve as slaves. The primitive couple, now very smart and much matured, wants to get their gals free.
In course of events, Zed is made to enter the temple of the gods by the princess and Oh by the royal princess to communicate with the gods, where they once again get into trouble and are held captives the the king’s men. But the forbidden fruit must still be in Zed’s systems, he delivers a bold speech about how they have come back alive from the holy tomb which no one before has, ad everything happens for reason, and them being chosen by the gods. A primitive man gets unbelievably smart and thinks like a modern man in such a short time! The comparatively civilized city people act more ancient in thoughts than these couple of ‘stone-age’ guys. Also the primitive people, the villagers and the people of Sodom in all speak the same language!!
Anyway, after a lot of battles and fighting Zed and Oh save themselves, their gals and the princess, who was becoming a subject of conspiracy of his step-father, the king (Xander Berkeley). And amazingly, the queen (Gia Carides), her very own mother, never raises a voice when her own daughter is being thrown in the fire as a tribute to the gods. Oh has sex with his gal so that she is no longer a virgin, and cannot be thrown into the fire anymore. All is well that ends well! After the battle between the good and the evil is over and all the demonic humans destroyed, it starts raining!!! Peace reigns in the city of Sodom once again! And now it is time for Zed and Oh to part. Zed goes to the explore the world, and Oh back to his people. But they have won the hearts of the women they love.
‘Year One’ is a comedy, but not a good one. The script has a few good parts definitely, but most of it is marked with mediocrity. The film has a good cast, backdrops, but has failed to tell a good story. This same story could have been appealed to a wider audience with a much stronger script and a better comedy. And who does the film target with its anachronies and witless humor?
Review by: Shrabanti Basu, CT Reporter, USA
Movie Watched at: Carmike Cinema, Bluefield, WV
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