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Bee-Ware of Statham: A Honey of an Action Flick in 'The Beekeeper (2024) - Review

One man's brutal campaign for vengeance takes on national stakes after he is revealed to be a former operative of a powerful and clandestine organization known as "Beekeepers".

Hey there, fellow cinephiles and occasional movie-goers who mistakenly thought "The Beekeeper" was a heartwarming documentary about apiarism! I'm back with a first look at a film that's sure to... ahem... sting the competition. Yes, I've braved the early screening of "The Beekeeper," so let's dive into the hive of this buzz-worthy (or buzz-kill?) cinematic spectacle.

The Cast: A Cocktail of Talent and Testosterone

Starring Jason Statham, Emmy Raver-Lampman, and Bobby Naderi, "The Beekeeper" mixes the acting chops of a Broadway star with the stoic charm of Statham, whose range of expressions runs from 'angry' to 'slightly more angry.' And let's not forget Naderi, who bravely stands in the background, probably wondering how he ended up in a movie where bees are metaphorically more than just bees.

Plot: Vengeance with a Side of Honey

Now, the plot! Oh, the plot! It’s like John Wick met a bee and said, “You, sir, are underutilized in cinema.” One man's brutal campaign for vengeance, apparently because someone swatted his favorite pet, reveals him to be a former operative of the clandestine “Beekeepers.” Sounds like my uncle's secret life, except he just keeps actual bees and makes questionable honey.

What I Liked:

Here's the buzz: Statham channels every eighties and nineties action hero, only he's swapped out the machine gun for a bee smoker. The stunt work? More flips than a pancake house. And the cheesy one-liners? They'll make you groan and cheer simultaneously, like when your dad makes a pun at Thanksgiving. Director Ayer and Statham embrace the goofy script like it's a long-lost love letter to absurd action flicks. It’s not original, but hey, neither is my grandma's meatloaf recipe, and we all love that.

What I Didn't Like:

Okay, time for some sting. The FBI director in the movie had as much use as a screen door on a submarine. And the plot? It stretched like my old gym shorts – way too far and not always comfortably. Also, Jeremy Irons, are you a good guy or bad guy? Make up your mind, dude. We're all confused.

Fun fact: This is Statham's fifth film in the last year. I'm convinced he’s in a secret competition with The Rock on who can sleep less.

The Verdict: Honey, I Rated the Film

So, where does that leave "The Beekeeper"? I'm giving it a 7.6/10. It’s the perfect film if you love action, bees, and wondering why Jason Statham is always so angry.

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