The Last Boy Scout
Everyone had counted them out. But they're about to get back in the game.
When the girl that detective Joe Hallenback is protecting gets murdered, the boyfriend of the murdered girl (ex-football player Jimmy Dix) attempts to investigate and solve the case. What they discover is that there is deep seated corruption going on between a crooked politician and the owner of a pro football team.
"This being the 90s, you can't just walk up to a guy and smack him in the face. You gotta say something cool first, you know what I mean?"
Yup, this is a script by the man who made Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. It's all here - whipsmart but dickish private detective burdened with amateur sidekick, acidic bromance, noirish mystery, messy relationships with women, female characters with bite who nevertheless amount to damsels in distress, overly loquacious goons who are terrible at their job, perfunctory backstories that end up playing in somehow, a smattering of tender moments tucked underneath all the machismo, someone old and rich pulling the strings, gun hidden in an unlikely place, action set piece on a…
A rare breed by today's watered down action formula standards. Everyone involved is in prime form.
"I figure you gotta be the dumbest guy in the world, Joe. You're trying the save the life of the man who ruined your career, and avenge the death of the guy that fucked your wife."
As director/writer combinations go, you probably can't get better than Tony Scott and Shane Black. The master of unbelievably fun action movies and the master of unbelievable snarkiness. Oh, and it stars Bruce Willis. There is absolutely no way this film could fail. And, well, it doesn't.
So while we get some amazing action scenes and car chases and a script that, like everything Black writes, you can pretty much quote from beginning to end, we also get an on-form Damon Wayans as the other part of one of the best buddy-cop (even though neither of them are technically cops) teams in movie history.
And a dancing Bruce Willis. Yes, really.
In honour of Tony Scott who sadly passed away yesterday, I thought I'd give this film a go.
One question that seems to keep popping up lately is, "Why the hell havn't I seen this film before"?
This movie is a shining example of that.
Written by Shane Black (Lethal Weapon), Produced by Joel Silver (Die Hard) and Directed by Tony Scott (Beverly Hills Cop 2), The Last Boy Scout is a near perfect early 90's Action flick.
Bruce Willis and Damn Wayans have an effervescent chemistry which is compounded by the snappy dialogue. This is typical "buddy movie" stuff, but the script elevates so it transcends the cliches with a knowing wink and shot to the kneecap. Willis…
Tony Scott made some great action films. A mix of violence,sarcasm and coolness that epitomised his love of the genre,this has a downbeat performance from Bruce Willis that cemented his place as an action hero.
Willis's output between Die Hard in 1988 and this film from 1991 reads like an obituary for most stars. Willis's Look Who's Talking films were the arse-wipes of the late eighties/early nineties and Hudson Hawk although it's a guilty pleasure of mine was critically mauled by almost everyone on the planet. The Last Boy Scout was a real return to form for an actor that would rehabilitate himself completely a few years later with a part in Tarantino's Pulp Fiction after another string of stinkers.…
Improved like a wonder upon rewatch. Can't believe that I didn't love this first time around, it's amazing. This is a contender for best Willis performance ever. He is absolutely incredible. The oneliners are stumbling over each other, trying to exit his mouth first. It's a delight to watch. Fabulous screenwriting.
And then some.
Some punchy Shane Black dialogue and cool explosions, but blah was I bored when those things weren't happening.
Why the hell did it take me so long to see this?
Full review in Episode #114...
Shane Black continues to surprise me and become my new favorite person in Hollywood.
After years of seeing this on the shelf at video shops when I was little, and also after years of being a big fan of Shane Black's work, I finally got around to watching this underrated classic of the crazily over the top world of 90s action cinema.
This is Bruce Willis at the peak of his action career here, hot on the heels of Die Hard, it has all of the hallmarks of a classic Willis role:
- Sardonic quips
- Loudly whispered lines
- Squinty eyes
- Lots of smirking
- Lying on the ground sideways while shooting someone
Damon Wayans doesn't get anywhere near as much character development or cool lines, but is a perfectly good sidekick,…
Funny, witty, action-packed buddy action/comedy from the minds of Tony Scott and Shane Black.
I've removed Die Hard 2 from my DVD shelf and stuck this in its place. One of my favorites from the late Tony Scott.
- “You think you're so fuckin' cool, don't you? You think you're so fuckin' cool. Well just once, I would like to hear you scream, in pain. ”
- “Play some rap music.”
It's just an incredibly fun action flick. Honestly, it's probably my favorite movie with Bruce Willis in the main role. Die Hard? Boring. The Sixth Sense? Way too much reliant on the ending. But The Last Boy Scout is fun the whole way through. I've read from many people that they think it has way too many cheesy one-liners, but I don't really see it. It does have one-liners, but that many? Really? Meh, didn't notice it. The film isn't exactly great (I'm looking at you, Damon Wayans), but it does have many laugh out loud moments, Bruce Willis gives a solid performance and the action is also pretty good. And since it's a film written by Shane Black, the dialogue feels fresh and fun. The Last Boy Scout isn't a work of art, but as a popcorn action flick, it's really damn good.
And it has Bruce Willis dancing. I mean, c'mon.