Right, before I get into this review I should first apologize for any grammar mistakes or general nonsensical rubbish you come across in it.
I’m currently suffering from a virus that belongs in a Stephen King novel and I’m half expecting to turn into some sort of zombie before the day is out!
Caught it off my ten month old son last week and have been wiped out with it ever since.
So, kindly overlook any sentences that don’t sort of glue together and take the review for what it is ( a bit of a mess really! ).
Famous Practical Jokes Online
So, The Jokesters is a pretty original Found Footage effort that follows a bunch of pranksters ( much like the Impractical Jokers TV series on cable! ) continuously trying to outdo each other.
We are following their exploits through a camcorder which contains footage that is then uploaded to their online show ( on a YouTube type platform ).
Ethan, the sort of group leader, decides to tie the knot with his lovely bride at the same time hinting that maybe his prank-pulling days are over.
His partners in crime are not exactly over the moon about this prospect so they decide to pull ‘the mother of all pranks’ on him as he enjoys his honeymoon in a secluded cabin in the woods.
Things don’t really turn out the way they are supposed to…
Up And Down
Even though I quite enjoyed large portions of the film I couldn’t get away from the fact that they sort of gave up on the ending. The first hour of the film was really well put together and quite engaging – the climax was the complete opposite to this!
It gave off the impression that they never really finished the script or the story – they had a sort of ‘idea’ and then winged it from there.
It felt very much like they took the easy way out – I saw EVERYTHING coming before it actually happened and this effectively killed off the Found Footage experience for me.
This is a strange one really – you’ve got great cinematography, impressive actors and a unique and inventive plot build. You’ve then got an extremely transparent ending that ruins the whole experience!
I sort of get the impression that director A J Wedding hasn’t got any real friends – surely one of them would have pointed out that the ‘ship had sailed’ twenty minutes before the film wraps up?
The attempted bloodbath that the film ends on seems to be completely ruined by the Found Footage format that is covering it – it just doesn’t fit, especially as some deaths are captured off camera ( an array of strange gurgling sounds indicate someone has apparently kicked the bucket! ).
I just can’t shake the feeling that this film turned out to be a bit of a mess because of the climax. Instead of building on the unique plot it turned out to be one of those films that will probably turn the public against found footage.
Great start that descends into a complete mess – I’ll leave the decision to watch it in your hands.
Now I’m gonna lie down before I collapse on my laptop.