Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review
What do you get when you mix Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Zac Efron and Adam Devine, and put them into a movie? Well, the result is more disappointing than you may think it would be, but that is the state of their latest film MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES. A film that takes four talented actors/actresses and makes the audience pretty much dislike all of them so we can’t really root for any of them.
Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) are brothers who sell liquor to make a living, and are the ultimate party guys who never bring dates to events and therefore hit on all available females. When their parents sit them down and insist they each bring a date to their little sister’s wedding so avoid another catastrophe, the brothers decide the best way to go about this would be to put an ad on Craigslist. While they are sifting through the hundreds of girls who respond to their ad, they meet Alice (Anna Kendrick) and Tatiana (Aubrey Plaza) who they think are the answer to their parent’s prayers. Unfortunately, Alice and Tatiana have their own agenda, and Mike and Dave’s wedding weekend is more dramatic than they had anticipated.
MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES is one of those raunchy comedies that tries a little too hard to be funny and leaves you feeling underwhelmed by your experience. The plot itself is pretty formulaic and the characters are unlikeable, which is disappointing since the actors playing the unlikeable characters are pretty great. Watching Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza play dumbed down, drunk women who want nothing more than to party and get a free vacation at two guys expense was very unappealing, even though they did a good job in the roles. Adam Devine was good as the over-the-top brother contrasting to his a little more down-to-earth brother Zac Efron, and their chemistry was okay but there was something missing that you just can’t put your finger on.
Possibly the best part of the film was the fact that it was set in Hawaii, so the scenery was great. Plus the screenwriters (Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien) managed to put in a fun reference to Jurassic Park, which was great for fans of that franchise. Sadly, the rest of the film was slightly above mediocre but entertaining enough to watch once.
Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza are two actresses that pull me in to watch any movie they are a part of, which is why MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES makes me so sad. They did an fine job, but their characters were so unappealing that it left a bad taste in my mouth. I can respect that actors/actresses have to push themselves and take on different types of roles, but this one just didn’t hit the mark for me. With that said, Kendrick, Plaza, Devine and Efron were a pretty solid cast so seeing them in something else might be interesting to watch in the future. Well, as long as the females aren’t drunk, selfish bimbos.
4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW
Video: This is the kind of movie that’s perfect for the 4K and HDR capabilities, but I didn’t get the feeling that the format was fully utilized. I was expecting something more in line with THE SHALLOWS in terms of crystal clear picture, but the rich Hawaiian settings didn’t get the night and day upgrade they deserved. The picture is clearer and there’s more color definition, especially during the night rehearsal dinner, but anyone looking for a significant upgrade over the Blu-ray will be disappointed.
Audio: There’s no Dolby Atmos track either, which is also going to frustrate some consumers. Instead, you get the same DTS track from the Blu-ray.
There are no 4K exclusive special features, but it does include a Blu-ray of the film and you can read our review by clicking MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES BLU-RAY REVIEW.