‘Masterminds’ Trailer: Zach Galifianakis and the Director of ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ Team Up For a Crime Comedy
This trailer for Masterminds, which teams Zach Galifianakis with Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess, claims it is “based on a true story.” And its Wikipedia page says basically the same thing; that this tale of blundering criminals is inspired by a 1997 robbery that took place in Charlotte North Carolina, where bandits stole over $17 million from the vault of an armored car company.
I’m going to guess, based on the scene where Galifianakis fires a gun through his own butt-crack, that it is not a particularly faithful adaptation.
That’s fine. I do not want hard-hitting documentary realism from a comedy starring Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, and Jason Sudeikis. I want Sudeikis threatening to murder small and adorable children. I want Wilson making snow angels out of hundred dollar bills. I want Galifianakis punching Wiig in her sensitive lady parts. And that’s exactly what this trailer gave me.
It’s been six years since Hess’ last feature, the underrated Gentlemen Broncos, so he could definitely use a hit. And he might have one here. This movie looks very funny (I’m also heartened by the names Jody Hill and Danny McBride, the men who created The Foot Fist Way and Eastbound and Down, in the writing credits). All the pieces are here for a really great comedy. Let’s just hope Hess, Galifianakis, and company don’t shoot themselves in the foot (or the butt) in the process.