Funny thing about Ryan Reynolds. His glib wise-guy schtick is still good, even though he’s getting old. Watching him in “The Adam Project,” it’s possible to appreciate the skill and timing of his comedic delivery, even feeling frustrated at having seen it all before.
It’s not the usual combination of emotions, to appreciate someone’s talent even when the talented person seems to be doing them a disservice. Maybe in opera there is an equivalent, like on those occasions when you hear someone simultaneously give a strong performance while tearing their voice to shreds. By any comparison, Reynolds does himself a disservice by acting the same way all the time, especially in weak movies like “The Adam Project.”