If you owned your very own movie theater and got to program the films it exhibited as you desired, what…
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…
With the exception of John McTiernan, Bruce Willis's most obvious fit with a director would be Tony Scott. Willis's reputation as a major star in the early nineties had been cemented by the Die Hard franchise and although Willis's star potential had been slightly damaged by a few dreadful career moves, Scott jumped at the chance to cast Willis in another of his action films. Teaming Willis with up and coming Damon Wayans in his first really big starring role, this film sizzled with their on screen chemistry and a script full of violence and sarcasm.
The Last Boy Scout sees Willis as a former Secret Service Agent on the down-slope of his marriage and disillusioned with his job as…
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…
"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.
The casual wanton destruction and being unbothered by massive collateral damage was reminiscent of Bad Boys II, the plot is a goofy progression of Apex Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans continually trapped by bad guys and using unfocused explosions to escape by the skin of their teeth.
The most surprising element is the iconic 'football player pulls a handgun on the field' scene is almost a non-sequitur that has barely anything to do with the movie, likely created solely for the trailer.
A rare breed by today's watered down action formula standards. Everyone involved is in prime form.
Easily the best Bruce Willis film, and arguably Tony Scott's best too. Edited by 3 of the best in the business too, and the Shane Black script is TERRIFIC.
25 year old Halle Berry as a stripper. An older Danielle Harris from the Halloween movies, and a younger Danielle Harris who gets naked in the Rob Zombie Halloween remake. Death by helicopter. Bruce McGill typecast!
Some of Shane Black's best pre-KISS KISS BANG BANG writing. Willis is in top sardonic form.
Joe Hallenbeck: The sky is blue, water is wet, women have secrets. Who gives a fuck?
They certainly don't make em like this anymore. Massive call but for me this is Bruce Willis's best work. Shane Black, amazing script.
Rip snorting one liners, great action scenes and genuine buddy rapport drive this movie at 100mph. All the elements come crashing together to achieve what was intended, mind blowing entertainment.
I'll protect my Blu Ray of this better than a warm cup of piss!
"I like ice. Leave it the fuck alone."
Too bad Shane Black hadn't learned to write yet and that Scott still had the stink of Jerry Bruckheimer on him because a pairing of the two could have been absolutely amazing especially with this cast (Bruce McGill in a useless cameo is just the beginning of the heap). Hell even Willis gets a healthy workout for the third Die Hard movie. Thank heavens for Scott he met up with Tarantino after this as True Romance more and more seems like the corrective he needed to push back to the early experimentation he had gone for that are only barely suggested here. There's the occasional shot like a close up on the suicide guy at the beginning or a slowmo…
Part 6 of The Ridley & Tony Scott Project
By far my favorite Tony Scott film, and maybe my favorite Shane Black film as well (close competition with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang). I don't care about (American) football (the sport is practically dead in The Netherlands anyway), I'm not a Bruce Willis fan and I usually avoid anything that has a "Wayans" attached to it, but I do quite love The Last Boy Scout. Willis and Damon Wayans make for an awesome duo and their dialogue is the snappiest snappy dialogue that has ever been snapped. Seriously, I'm not surprised this was a record-breaking script in terms of how much it was sold for, because no other writer can write this…
RIP, my Negron. A Wayans, but Blanks too.
Still the perfect acion comedy, with awesome one liners...
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