'The Love Guru' Review By Rama's SCREEN
Prepare to laugh... and be Enlightened :)
I can understand why the Hindus and India people everywhere keep e-mailing me asking me to boycott this movie. THE LOVE GURU does contain some stuff that might offend certain ethnicities or beliefs. Especially how some names are made to sound like Indian but they mean something funny in English.
But I don’t think it means to make fun of a culture… if you notice carefully, I think the movie makes fun of Bollywood movies. I grew up watching Bollywood movies, so it cracks me up when Mike Myers and Jessica Alba start to spontaneously sing a silly song in the middle of a field, song that sounds just like the ones I’ve heard in Bollywood movies.
Not to mention this movie also features popular American songs accompanied with Indian musical style and instruments.
I’m not sure how Mike Myers does it, but he always seems to manage to get celebrities to do cameo in all his movies.
You’ll notice some famous faces show up, not for the money, but for the surprise and for a chance to be in a gig with Mike the Myers.
I find it hilarious how the characters would greet one another by saying the name of a famous TV actress, Mariska Hargitay.
The special effects are okay, the best one is Mike Myer’s character as a child.
The self-help storyline is very complimentary, it’s not preachy and in fact, it’s comical and profound at the same time… it sure means a lot that this movie is approved by Deepak Chopra himself.
I’m not a fan of Jessica Alba’s acting… I think she needs to take lessons again, but I have to admit, she’s never looked so gorgeous.
Justin Timberlake’s performance in this movie is rather annoying. When I saw the trailers months ago, I thought man, JT looks like he’s going to to be hilarious. But in fact, his fake Canadian French accent and his mannerism and the whole joke centered around him being supposedly endowed are more irritating than amusing.
Ya know how some comedy movies would start out with a bang but then it dies down halfway through the end. This one kinda has some unfunny, dull moments in the middle, but then it picks up again and it ends with a joyous celebration… literally
The force that holds it together in the end is none other than Mike Myers himself who’s got the charm, the wit, the outrageous facial expressions and the comedic timing that are all in harmony with the ultimate enlightenment that is THE LOVE GURU.