NewsBlaze search box Daily News header

Wild Target Movie Review: Emily Blunt Steals Loot And Killer Hearts

By     get stories by email

Homicide for hire as a weapon of laughter in a comedy may be an even more daunting challenge to pull off in a movie than engaging in the assassination profession itself. But British director Jonathan Lynn (Nuns On The Run, My Cousin Vinny), who's displayed his expertise at mixing murder and silly mayhem on both continents, continues to exhibit his flair for pathological lunacy with Wild Target. Even as the story occasionally feels overwrought and recycled.

Emily Blunt is Rose in Wild Target, a daffy, alluring kleptomaniac who whimsically advances in her illicit chosen career from petty shoplifting to high end counterfeit art, specifically a Rembrandt housed in a museum. But Rose makes the grave error of pawning off the fake on ferocious London crimelord Ferguson (Rupert Everett), who's not in the least amused.

Enter Victor Maynard (Bill Nighy), an efficient, gentlemanly killer for hire assigned by Ferguson to terminate Rose. Victor is also the henpecked descendant of an infamously esteemed dysfunctional crime family presided over by austere, nagging widowed mom Louisa (Eileen Atkins). Who happens to excel at the art of premeditated gunplay herself even though confined to a wheelchair at a nursing home, as well as expertly impaling annoying parrots with knitting needles.

A lonely aging professional gunman who's about to take a hit of his own from midlife crisis, Victor is increasingly infatuated with overly confident artful dodger Rose. And recklessly abandons his assignment of dispatching her without fuss to the afterlife, to rescue her instead. Though the package deal includes harboring incidental flaky fugitive Tony (Rupert Grint). None of which sits well with a furious Ferguson, or Victor's disapproving malevolent mum.

By no means everyone's cup of tea with crumpets, Wild Target necessitates an acquired taste for British comedy. Meaning a highly stylized and inhibited snobbish irreverence, served up with a slice of outlandish sinister menace on the elegant side.

Freestyle Releasing
Rated PG-13
2 1/2 stars

Prairie Miller is a multimedia journalist online, in print and on radio. Contact her through NewsBlaze.

  Please click this get stories by email button to be notified about future stories, and please leave a comment below.

  Please leave a comment here     If it does not display within 10 seconds, please refresh the page

Related Movie Reviews News

This spring alone, Zoe has a half-dozen films released in theaters, including the blockbusters Insurgent and Mad Max: Fury Road, as well as Good Kill, The Road Within, Dope and Treading Water. Here, she talks about life and about her latest movies.
Alice, a manic depressive bipolar diehard Oprah fan becomes rich, and creates a TV series about herself, an emotional exhibitionist who couch potatoes love.
Rose sat down to talk about the Ross Katz directed bittersweet dramady, while finishing off an alfalfa burger and diving into an accompanying plate of fries.
And 'how the art world stopped thinking about inequality and learned to love the bling.'
Kevin James talks to Kam Williams about his role in the Paul Blart: Mall Cop sequel
Freida Pinto, born in Mumbai, India, showed an interest in acting early on, participating in community theater and school productions.

 

NewsBlaze Writers Of The Month


Popular Stories This Month

newsletter logo

NewsBlaze
Copyright © 2004-2014 NewsBlaze Pty. Ltd.
Use of this website is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy  | DMCA Notice               Press Room   |    Visit NewsBlaze Mobile Site