The newest comedy by Judd Apatow features Russell Brand in a reprisal of his role from Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Aldous Snow the rock star is in full relapse in this movie. Jonah Hill is back too, this time as a different character. The chemistry these two have is a special kind, and it works quite well in receiving laughs.
Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) is an Infant Sorrow enthusiast and works at a record production company. Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) is a rock star passed his prime who made one CD too many and is now a divorced drug addict. Aaron is assigned the job of flying to London to pick up Aldous and bring him to the Greek Theater in Los Angeles in time for Infant Sorrow’s comeback concert.
Aldous Snow seems to be oblivious to the fact that he is needed in Los Angeles. Aaron tries as hard as he can to get him their in time for the concert, but there is a lot of side-tracking including a trip to Vegas and several parties which include drugs and sex. The scene in Vegas is definitely the funniest moment of the film, where Aaron is high on some mixture of drugs and Aldous tells him to stroke the shag carpet wall to stay calm (because there’s a fight going on in the room).
Russell Brand definitely has presence on camera, and he dominates all of his scenes with his energy, emotion and comedy. Jonah Hill is also a very funny guy, but his character in this movie doesn’t allow him to be as funny as he could be (like in Superbad). The chemistry of the two together on stage is great; they have this connection which seems to be both friendly and awkward at the same time. P Diddy also has a great side role.
Get Him to the Greek is a funny movie, probably the best comedy of the summer, but there are still many movies to come before the year is over. I in particular am looking forward to Due Date with Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis. I’ve read reviews which compare Get Him to the Greek to The Hangover, I know I compare a lot of comedies to the The Hangover, but it is in my opinion the best comedy ever made. Get Him to the Greek does have some similarities, but it doesn’t match The Hangover in terms of comedy power.