ReviewWriter: Ng SuzhenWriter Ratings:Overall: Cast: Plot: Effects: Cinematography: Watch this if you liked:
“Paul Blart: Mall Cop” and “School Of Rock”
The plot for movies like this is getting stale. What more can you expect from a story about a teacher who cares less suddenly finding that he is in a position to do good for his students?
In the case of "Here Comes the Boom", the genius lies in its supporting characters. Henry Winkler who stars as the dedicated music teacher Marty, steals scenes with hilarious results. The brilliance in his performance is the fact that his efforts at being funny are done with earnestness, all the while maintaining the respect you have for him as a teacher. Before the movie ends, you would have already gained genuine affection for the guy rather than the lead, Kevin James.
Marty's passion for music never wavers throughout the movie, which makes cause for the audience to begin rooting for his job as well. A true believer of music, Marty never steps down from his belief regardless of the situation. The most hilarious being the use of Neil Diamond's "Holly Holy" as the theme music for Scott Voss (James) in one of his fights, stating the reason of its use was that the song "brought me through tough times."
In order for Marty to keep his position in school, Scott takes on the quest to raise money for music lessons. It is hardly believable that man such as Scott would be so willing to step up to help out Marty, but as you get to know Marty, you will tend to agree with Scott that the guy deserves to be given more than just a hand.
Along the way, he encounters Niko (Bas Rutten), a former mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter who is studying for citizenship in a citizenship class where Scott is teaching part time. When Scott realises the fastest way to get the money is by taking part in MMA fights, which guarantees money even though you lose, and he gets Niko to train him in exchange for coaching him for upcoming citizenship tests.
The combination of Niko, Marty and Scott in the fighting arenas is an unlikely one that ultimately works. For some reason, watching three men who do not belong together in the first place sharing camaraderie is quite a quaint moment. You cannot help but smile when they squabble over rookie mistakes or get excited over a big win.
Leads James and Salma Hayek, who plays Bella, the school nurse as well as Scott's love interest, pale so much in comparison to the secondary cast. Even Miguel from the citizenship class makes for a more memorable appearance despite his few scenes.
James, who had shed weight in order to play the role, does commendably hold up his own in fight scenes. While not making much of an impression outside of the arena, he does well in convincing audiences with his moves. Of course, his character's past history as a wrestler does give him a bit of help.
Do not expect for too much of a realistic bout though, as with all feel-good movies, it does give way to that high point of rejoicing among friends, family and supporters.Cinema Online, 13 December 2012