Get Him to the Greek
Though Russell Brand's performance as Aldous Snow was used in 2007's Forgetting Sarah Marshall, all parties involve are intent of making it known that Get Him to the Greek is not a sequel. It is its own film; one that just happens to feature the same lead character. Stoller felt that having Brand play a different rock star would have been 'lazy,' and I agree.
By giving Brand his same character, we are able to see a developed persona shine on the big screen. He works the stage like a professional, and I would find it hard to demean his status as a rock legend. Catchy song titles like 'The Clap,' 'Just Say Yes' and 'African Child' give his career a comical side plot; though the heavy production value of each track makes it all seem authentic.
On the other side of the formula we have Aaron Green, played by the hilariously infectious Jonah Hill. Though he too was present in Sarah Marshall, Hill encompasses a new, more central character here; one that reminds the audience of themselves. He embarks on an adventure unlike any other, a fantasy for rock fans worldwide, and he brings us all along for the ride. His comedic timing is flawless and his chemistry with Brand remarkable - giving the film the ultimate one-two punch.
If anything, Get Him to the Greek succeeds on pure shock-value. Half of the things you hear catch you entirely off guard (no matter how prepared you are for Brand and his uncensored ways). The cameos are classic, and quite plentiful. Christina Aguilera, Tom Felton, Pink and Meredith Vieira all star as themselves; as does Paul Krugman and Pharrell. As for Sean 'Diddy' Combs, he trades in his usual cameo for a full-fledged supporting role, and boy does he knock it out of the park.
Get Him to the Greek does get a little serious near the end, as Stoller and company attempt to wrap it all up and give the film a true meaning. It was weird, but given Brand's history with the subject matter, it does make sense. I wouldn't classify it as entirely predicable; however, the last few minutes did turn a bit cliche. Thankfully the comedic elements of the picture are so out-there, that by the time the credits hit, all you remember are the laughs!