It’s already in English anyway and only a year old. Who cares about all that? Housebound is getting the remake treatment.
I have to admit I've never been much of a fan of Ryan Reynolds. His sparkly-eyed and relentlessly charming personality certainly couldn't save cinematic atrocities like Green Lantern and RIPD, although he did help films like Blade Trinity and The Amityville Horror keep their heads just above water for the most part, even if the end results were just two more drowned rats to add to the pile.
Personally, I don't think he's a bad actor. It's just that in my experience he only seems to pick films which suit his range and don't remotely challenge him. A witty comment here, some manly crying there, plus a bit of angry shouting and the obligatory shirt removal scene. So when I found out he was playing a psychotherapy patient who thinks his dog and cat are talking to him, I thought it was something different at least.
However, as much as I like the idea of him as a socially awkward factory employee with mental problems, and at least I can see he was actually trying
, it still just didn't work. Not his fault, just an old fashioned case of miscasting.
The Voices does have a lot going for it though. It's occasionally funny, it's very dark, the idea is good, Gemma Arterton and Anna Kendrick are lovely, and the distinction between what Reynolds sees and the actual reality of it is handled very well. But the two main things which need to drive Reynolds's character forward - his pets (both voiced by him) - are awful. The dog, Bosco, is just about the better of the two. A voice of reason telling Reynolds to hand himself in to the police after he has an accident. The dog is played almost completely straight (although his lines are delivered with a dopey sounding southern drawl), and has nothing remotely amusing to say. Meanwhile, the cat - Mr Whiskers - tries
to be as funny as possible. He's the evil voice. The one that gives bad advice. But the problem is that he's not funny. At all. Crass, vulgar, and profane? yes. But funny? No.
Your average 14-20 year old will undoubtedly find the crude, sweary insults hilarious, but personally I found them cheap and lazy. And what's worse, every line is delivered with the worst Scottish accent outside of every Mike Myers performance ever. In fact, I'm certain that to prepare for the role, Reynolds must have sat through So I Married an Axe Murderer a frankly dangerous amount of times.