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.
some good stunts and action. one of bruce willis better movies, i think.
The disasters of the critical T. Scott bifurcation are tenfold, and each and every time I rewatch something pre-Enemy of the State that realization only sinks in further. Scott's always been abstract, even brazenly. Rather than a distinct fracture, I see more a general movement, a growing confidence and an increasing ability to marry his formal instincts and plot mechanics harmoniously (best represented by Deja Vu and Man on Fire). But those instincts were always around. I find the older films in fact less successful as narratives, and often more internally distracted by Scott's ceaseless curiosity with textures, light, color, jagged movement, instantaneous miracles of sound and vision that may be glanced if attentive.
Consider this film's lovingly obsessive textures…
...fast forward eats the tape!
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The Last Boy Scout is a complete mess of a film...but a somewhat likeable one. Maybe it's Shane Black's writing. Shane Black wrote the craziest shit he could think of as if he is daring someone to make this movie.
Or it's Bruce Willis, who's sheer "like-ablity" clouds our judgment and somehow manages to make this dialogue believable.
By all rights, The Last Boy Scout is a bad movie but it's enjoyable enough as a "shut your brain off" action film.
THE LAST BOY SCOUT is one of those iconic films that I just never got around to seeing. I finally caught it, and though in a lot of ways it's very much of its time, it's still highly enjoyable. It's another whip-smart Shane Black script, with many of the hallmarks of a Shane Black story, and Bruce Willis here offers up one of his most badass roles.
Loving the Tony Scott, hating the Shane Black (dudes got a real problem with women and gay folks and his dialog can be atrocious). First half is way better than the second.
Fun to watch. There are some really great lines of dialogue but some real groaners too. Wayans and Willis actually have pretty good chemistry together.
Second favorite Bruce Willis character and my favorite pro football player.
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.
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