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Grosse Pointe Blank
Even a hit man deserves a second shot.
Martin Blank is a freelance hitman who starts to develop a conscience, which causes him to muff a couple of routine assignments. On the advice of his secretary and his psychiatrist, he attends his 10th year High School reunion in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.
John Cusack's heyday was definitely back in the eighties and nineties. He had wit, caustic and sarcastic that always made for excellent viewing, but lately the killer roles that endeared him to millions have dried up. Gone are the days of Lloyd Dobler, Walter Gib Gibson, and The Grifters' Roy Dillon. Those were all characters we loved and rooted for, but Martin Blank for me is the one unmissable role in Cusack's sometimes patchy filmography.
As a contract killer working through his issues with a psychiatrist who doesn't want to treat him, Cusack's Martin Blank is a complex character. After a botched assignment leaves him forced into a job near his former home town, he decides to face up to…
Unlike his classmates, who became respected professionals, Martin Blank (Cusack) found a lucrative career as a professional killer, but things are not what they were and Martin faces an uncertain future. Now he is back to his homeland, Grosse Pointe, to the party of former high school classmates, and to complete one last "job" and try to win back the love of the girl who he took to the prom (Minnie Driver). Grosse Pointe Blank is a deadly black comedy filled with action and laughter.
Grosse Pointe Blank has repeatedly been compared to Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, and even though they are both crime comedies, I don't feel the comparison has been justified. Obviously, the film's style is similar to…
At some point in the not-too-distant future, I’m probably going to get an invite to my high school reunion. I’m already dreading it. The only things that will have changed about me will be the colour of my hair and my eyesight. I’ll still be the bitter misanthrope I was in 2009. I’ll still be socially inept, I’ll still have a burning hatred for the majority of my classmates and I’ll still be able to drink every last one of them under the table. That or I’ll be dead, in which case I won’t have to attend the sodding thing in the first place. Either way, I won’t be able to tell them that I’ve spent the last ten…
John Cusack improbably pulls off the affable moral bankruptcy/dilemma of his character in this quintessentially 1990s Pulp Fiction-"cool"-derivative romcom, and that improbably makes me like this much more than I think it deserves. It sets up a string of fun ideas that it never quite follows through on, including its central premise--yes, the hitman attends the high school reunion, but the enormous amount of hijinx available to that premise are only barely addressed. And the ending feels wholly unearned.
And yet, Cusack's central performance is so delightful, even when he's just talking to himself, that it's vey watchable. Driver manages a few fine moments with the few solid moments she's given (taking Marty to task on air being the highlight).…
I've had some movie star crushes over the years, but Minnie Driver in Grosse Point Blank is right up among the biggest of them. That hair, that smile, those lips as she speaks into that microphone, God she was sexy in this. Cusack does his usual, black suit, sunglasses, and coolness personified. With whip-smart dialogue, this is darkly comic, violent, and romantic, all in one brilliantly sound-tracked slice of greatness. Dan Aykroyd, Jeremy Piven, Alan Arkin, and Hank Azaria also buy into George Armitage's quest for laughs amid contract-killers and High School Reunions.
Officially the 4th best movie ever made.
Well, sadly not officially.
If ever a film has blossomed from the Internet revolution it' Grosse Point Blank. Released in 1997 to almost zero fanfare, it went largely unnoticed for nearly a decade. Rightly though, I now believe it to have a pretty large following of diehard fans.
Simple because it is brilliant.
Everything, about Grosse Point Blank is brilliant.
It is one of the true delights of 90's American cinema. Essentially a romantic comedy, and essentially a one joke comedy at that, it is unrivalled in its slickness, frequently clever, and very funny.
With a soundtrack by Joe Strummer also, there is so much going for this movie.
I cannot recommend it enough.
It's only flaw is its awkward title..
Among my most watched movies in high school, the most fundamental components for why Grosse Pointe Blank holds up so well is its unwavering zippy tone, inspired casting, and its commitment to following through on such an absurd premise.
Best film soundtrack I've heard since Guardians of the Galaxy.
Grosse Pointe Blank is a film that gave us a John Cusack performance with an edge as he's your usual smart individual with often long monologues but happens to be clueless in following matters of the heart. It helps that the chemistry between him and Minnie Driver should be enough to keep you invested in the film and the rest of the story is an added bonus about a hitman trying to find out why he feels dissatisfied with life and going back to Grosse Pointe not only to do a job but also complete some unfinished business, helped on by a great soundtrack. From recapturing the past with Debi and also rediscovering how his former classmates have been getting on, the story feels fresh and charming. Dan Aykroyd is also really good in this film and has great chemistry with Cusack as rival hitman Grocer. The shootout sequences are also well choreographed.
Err.. I think this was alright? I don't remember it that well.
Knockout dialogue & killer soundtrack! suffers from issues with structure.
Martin Blank is a professional assassin. He is sent on a mission to a small Detroit suburb, Grosse Pointe, and, by coincidence, his ten-year high school reunion party is taking place there at the same time.
I thought this was ok, fun at times and the premise itself was pretty interesting. Nothing really stood out but everything was solid, and while I'll doubt I'll ever revisit the film it was a perfectly decent 100 minutes.
Perfect. It's perfect.
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