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Although this film receives a lot of credit for reinvigorating the
action/buddy genre movie, the praise is too often misdirected. For
instance, whilst Bruce Willis gives a solid performance as low-life
eye Joe Hallenbeck, we have seen the act a dozen times. There are
of Die Hard's John McClane in every knowing smirk and pained cigarette
inhalation. Equally, Tony Scott's direction is still based on an
with placing bright lights behind the actors and turning up the volume of
car chases and gunshots. Jimmy Dix, the faded football hero, is given a
suitably comic persona by Damon Wayons and the action sequences are as
as you will find elsewhere in Hollywood. However, these are not the
attractions of the film for me.
You might think, from what is written above, that I disliked the film but
you would be mistaken to think that as I believe it to be an absolute
classic of its kind. I truly think The Last Boy Scout should be used as a
teaching tool at film schools the world over. In spite of its glaring
limitations it is a movie that has everything! The opening scene is a
modern movie classic - up there with those of Raiders Of The Lost Ark and
Goodfellas. If there is a film-goer alive whose mouth didn't gape in
wonderous amusement at the climax to the opening scene then I am amazed.
The plot, as far fetched as it is, provides a perfect vehicle for the key
elements that go towards making this the gem of a movie that it
First in the list of key elements is the wonderfully funny dialogue.
Black's hallmark of snappy one-liners is all over the sizzling repartee
between the two heroes. Even Hallenbeck's daughter gets a couple of
laugh-out-loud lines. Secondly, the story benefits from the ideal
combination of: sport, gambling, violence, comedy, the odd topless dancer,
important values of family and friendship, revenge and honour. Take out
topless dancer and they pretty much all feature in The
The third crucial component for the success of The Last Boy Scout is the
perfect casting of the bad guys. Milo, played to chilling perfection by
Taylor Negron, is a bad guy with a difference. He isn't just a mindless
hard man. His brilliantly annoying habit of calling people by their
elongated names is a superb touch (Joe becomes Joseph, Jimmy becomes James
and so on), as are his attempts at civility when trying to "do a formal
introduction" with the kidnapped Hallenbeck. Other bad guys are fleshed
and distinguished by quirky traits or funny lines. They are not merely
there to make the good guys look good.
Overall, this film is not a piece of celluloid art. It is, however, a
perfect example of popcorn-friendly entertainment. It is the sort of
you imagine the makers would like to see as movie-goers themselves.
being utterly contemptible or mindlessly low-brow it entertains. An ideal
Saturday night movie to watch with a group of friends.
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