Speaking about Down To Earth, Chris Rock hoped we would like the movie and he assured us that it didn't suck. Really, that's the best thing you can say about this film. Itís a bland harmless thing. Itís not dreadful, although some of the jokes donít quite hit the mark. It has a vague hint of charm, but it could have done with a bit of spice.It's all about this struggling comedian played by Rock who gets snapped up by an angel a fraction of a second before he gets hit by a truck. The angel assumed he was going to die, and wanted to avoid all that icky street scraping stuff. Turns out that was not the destined time for our man to shuffle of this mortal coil.
It's a bureaucratic slip up and so when heaven finds out about this it owes Chris Rock a favour. Being in a position where heaven owes you a favour sounds pretty cool. Shame that Rock wastes this opportunity on being nice to everybody. He takes the body of a hated corporate tyrant, but with Rockís spirit inside, the tyrant quickly changes to being all nice and stuff while picking up a girl on the way.
With Rock playing a comedian a number sequences in the film are just opportunities to see him do standup. This should have been the best part of the film, but it gets kind of embarrassing. At first heís intentionally not funny. Thatís bad enough, but then later he actually is meant to be funny, but all I was doing was wondering why the audience in the movie was laughing so much.
The best part of the film is Palmenteri as King, the supervisor angel. Palmenteri plays it like a clichť Italian mobster. Itís the only piece of originality in the film.It's inoffensive, sugary and nice - you can't get motivated to be more praiseworthy than that. Bridget Jonesís Diary is much funnier. Evolution is more gross. See them instead.