Movie Review: Tower Heist

Ariel Ligowski, Editor-in-Chief

We have all grown up with actors Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller, and Matthew Broderick. From Shrek, to Meet the Parents, to the iconic Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, these timeless comedians have always held a place in our hearts. On Nov. 4, the movie Tower Heist proved to be a successful “comeback”.

Ben Stiller plays the role of Josh Kovacs, the competent building manager of a posh Central Park condominium plot, the Tower Heist. Financial giant – and founder of the plot, Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) has just been placed under house arrest in his luxury New York City penthouse for cleaning out his investors to the tune of two billion dollars. Those investors include the workers of the hotel, who lost their pensions due to Shaw’s thievery. Upon learning that the tower staffers who entrusted Shaw with their retirement funds are about to lose their life earnings, and that the thief will likely get off scot-free, Josh convinces a small group of Tower employees and a downtrodden former resident that Shaw has stashed a million dollar safety net somewhere in his penthouse, and that it’s theirs for the taking if they can just slip past security. With dim-witted concierge Charlie (Casey Affleck), under-educated electrical engineer Enrique (Michael Peña), safecracking maid Odessa (Gabourey Sidibe) and downtrodden former resident Mr. Fitzhugh (Matthew Broderick) to back him, Josh recruits crafty swindler Slide (Eddie Murphy) to help get their money back.

If you assume this movie is a slapstick comedy, you will be disappointed. With tasteful, uproarious comedy, the film invokes every type of emotion possible, leaving the viewer totally satisfied. The suffrage of Shaw’s investors at the Tower will break your heart, hearing Murphy swear will make you despair at your childhood (yet giggle all the while), and the archetypal victory of the underdog will make you want to cheer.

This movie is the kind that you would fork out money to see again. By integrating components from every film genre, you will leave the theatre with that warm feeling only a good movie can invoke.