Many viewers were delighted to see Jeff Bridges having a grand old time as a rippin’ and roarin’ 19th century cowboy in the recent movie R.I.P.D. (Rest in Peace Department). The movie is about a guy (Ryan Reynolds) who dies on the job as a Boston Police Officer and is then allowed to work in the “R.I.P.D.” rather than going to Hell for the somewhat dirty life he lived.
For avid Reynolds movie-goers, the movie may have been different than his usual movies, especially considering he kept his shirt on the entire movie. However, his performance was—arguably—equally as dull. Unlike Bridges, he played more of the straight-edge guy that was much more serious than necessary at times. And to top it off, the script for pretty much all of the characters (esp. Reynolds) seemed exactly that—scripted—at more times than one throughout the movie.
For fans of Mr. Bridges, you can definitely expect the standard “Cowboy Swag” he manages to pull off, as seen in “True Grit” and even his older film “Wild Bill”. Although kind of a cheesy character, Roy definitely has more “character” than that of Nick (Reynolds). In his very funny role as a cowboy who died in the 1800s, he certainly sparks some life back into a movie that could have been a little better.
If you’re looking for a good laugh at a cheap price for, say, a Sunday afternoon movie day, pick up “R.I.P.D.” at Redbox, or get it on Netflix. In other words, if you spent money on this one in the theaters, you may have wasted your money a little bit. Nevertheless, it is definitely worth seeing, and maybe buying (on DVD, not Blu-Ray) to add to your shelf collection.