It seems Simon Pegg has entered a major rite of passage. After years of comedy (and taking his American accent out for a quick spin in Band of Brothers), he’s branching out with his Serious Dramatic Actor role. Jim Carrey had Eternal Sunshine. Robin Williams had One Hour Photo. And Good Will Hunting. This can be a transformative transition for a comedic actor. Presuming, of course, that the breakout role isn’t a saccharine piece of tripe that comes with tag lines like “Sometimes to find yourself…you have to get a little lost.” I mean, the cast alone (Pegg, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgård, Jean Reno) guarantees that I will see this movie, but rest assured I will complain about it the entire time.
Simon Pegg is so talented and charming, it just makes me want to vomit. So why the hell is he slumming it in a movie from the director of such crap as Serendipity, Shall We Dance, and Town & Country, and (here’s where it gets really good) Hannah Montana: The Movie? If we’re going to devote a couple hours to the subject of finding or achieving happiness, we may be better off with an extended Kartheiser rant, or watching that Philip Seymour Hoffman animation on repeat.