Tag movie Revie
Don’t you love a movie that is just fun? It doesn’t take itself to seriously and embraces the absurdity of it all. Tag is that movie. Tag is based on a true story of a group of friend who have been playing the same game of tag for 30 years. Its hysterical, its heartfelt, and it bat shit crazy at times but most of all it reminds us to never lose our youth.
The film has an incredible cast who despite never really working together have excellent chemistry with one another. As you watch you really get the feeling that these people have been best friends for 30 years. Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Burres, John Hamm, Isla Fischer, and Jeremy Renner all do an excellent job creating this believable world. I’m a sucker for ensemble movies but what’s special about Tag is that this ensemble is so out of the ordinary. They bounce so well off of each other and it refreshing to see unusual grouping of people together. Jake Johnson and John Hamm’s “rivalry” is often hysterical as well as Isla Fischer insanity and competitiveness with the game often leads to ridicules moment.
The writing is excellent and always feels very natural but what was unexpected was the almost action movie feel this movie has. There was a nice amount of slow-motion and choreographed “fight” scenes that were hysterical and very reminiscent of classic Tom and Jerry cartoons and the Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes movies. Jeremy Renner’s character being this mastermind of tag really keeps things fresh because you never know the ridiculous ways he will out wit, humiliate and destroy the others
And that’s what this movie is, its ridiculous moment after ridiculous moment. It never lingers too long on the things that make life depressing like divorce, mental health, or sickness. It acknowledges them in a respectful manner but also and reminds us that life could be fun.
As a 27-year-old who plays video games and reads comic books I get asked pretty often when will I grow up. Most of the time its in a joking manner but occasionally I get the person who asks it seriously. The idea of me playing and enjoying “kid things” is so baffling to them. Its as if they believe that one you reach a certain age you have to stop doing all the fun stuff that you love doing. Tag is a movie about youth. It’s a story that encourages us to hold on to our youth and never let go. Its a story that reminds you that just because we grow up it doesn’t mean we have to get old.