Monday, 18 July 2016

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising & How Zac Efron is Growing as an Actor in Comedies

When their new next-door neighbors turn out to be a sorority even more debaucherous than the fraternity previously living there, Mac and Kelly team with a former enemy, Teddy, to bring the girls down.


Neighbors 2 is the sequel to the first Neighbors movie. One of the successes of 2014, which made more than $270 million globally. The comedy really shines in this movie, also they are able to pull it together and give us a touching story about friendship and relations in general. We're supposed to care about this Sorority House who defies the Greek system's rules - by letting its members wild out as freely as the boys do - as some form of millennial Feminism. However, the girls never really develop cohesive personalities. 


Set Rogen is once again just Seth Rogen, this guy is funny and it works here. I especially love the goofy sweetness interplay he has with his partner in crime Rose Byrne. Plus, Zac Efron is constantly growing as an actor and especially in comedies. He's a sort of wild card in the movie and it's fun to see him back. His life is quite touching - in some ways - because he's at this point in his life where all his friends have moved on and he's the only one stuck in the past. In this movie, Efron deepens the joke of his original performance.  


A lot of young women - or former young women - may disagree but for a while, Zac Efron came off as too good-looking to be a movie star. In the High School Musical films, of course, he had this blue-eyed charm, a handsome guy who knew how to dance and when he wasn't dancing, knew how to manage his charisma so that he was right between mysterious and sexy. He was a classic teen idol. 


17 Again, Charlie St.Cloud or The Lucky One revealed that he could play the beautiful and thoughtful boy next door, but as an actor, he lacked force and depth. Nonetheless, Zac Efron proved to be smarter than that and more inventive too. In Liberals Arts (2012) Efron stole every scene. He had an inner demon. he didn't just know how to make fun of himself: he was good at it. He was FUNNY. And that's when all began.  


He has one more movie coming out this summer, the Rom-com Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and it's more than likely it will let him do more of what he's now perfect at acting smart about playing dumb about looking like he does. This is Zac Efron recipe for Stardom.


Overall, you'll probably laugh hard more than once but this film doesn't have much heart.

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