The Weakest Focker yet ?
Ok first things first, there is very little Christmas in this one (had to mention it coz its marketed that way) and very little about the Little Fockers. We have come to expect this from the previous editions that what it lacks in groundbreaking writing, it more than makes up for in its stellar cast and their classic comedy timing, awkwardness being the epitome of its theme. However the absence of freshness in ideas and the surprise elements like the cameos by Jessica Alba & Harvey Keitel not living up to their reputation makes this 3rd edition the weakest Focker (pun intended) yet.
Pretty much all the characters are exactly rooted to where they were. The fact that Jack Byrnes (De Niro) had made somewhat of a truce with Gaylord Focker (Stiller) robbed us of whatever juice was left in prospects. The Focker parents, Kevin (Owen Wilson) and the rest of the supporting cast had nothing new to offer. Jessica Alba’s character was one of the worst written pieces in recent history. She’s not known to someone who makes brilliant choices anyways, so we forgive her. Harvey Keitel had very little to do, but obviously took centre stage in his altercation with Niro’s character which to me was easily the best moment of the movie. The kids well as mentioned earlier had no roles to play in the entire scheme of things. They were close to being a prop in the screenplay if at all. The highlights as some may come to expect, were some intermittent adult references which were mostly odd, and obviously fell flat on its face. & a showdown of sorts between its principal characters that involved some fist fighting (totally unnecessary).
In the end they squeeze in a scene with Christmas as its backdrop, where all is well in Fockers – Byrnes alliance. Literally hinting that there would be a fourth edition sometime in the future. Hope the writers take a cue, should Little Fockers fail to bring in the audience, and end on a high.
All in all as for “Little Fockers” a perfect setting for the enterprise to prove its worth in the absence of other feel good family entertainers this holiday season was all but squandered. I’d still recommend it for its few and far between laughs in case You’re that bored at home. Its 2.5 / 5 for me. What do You think ? See what some of the others had to say