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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…
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.
A rare breed by today's watered down action formula standards. Everyone involved is in prime form.
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.
The one liners and quick comebacks fly off the screen in a fast and furious Tony Scott style, it's just too bad the movie gets dragged into the mud during the last half and devolves into a confusing and underwhelming mess. Still, this was at the peak of the 90s action scene, living in the shadow of the revolutionary T2 that same year, and it does provide a decent enough time to justify itself.
It doesn't look like a bomb, it looks like an apple with lines comin' out of it. They're gonna say "Don't open the briefcase, it's full of fresh fruit!"
A cynical, violent and a completely ridiculous movie with a plot that is equal parts confusing and hilarious. Beneath it all bubbles a dark misogyny courtesy of Shane Black and Tony Scott, where there's no such thing as a decent woman and the men are made to suffer for it. The hero is a deadbeat drunk who nobody likes and the villains are about as threatening as said hero's inevitable hangover. In spite of it all, it's hugely entertaining with enough over the top 90s action to keep the movie going,…
Sparkling dialogue, Bruce Willis in the sort of form you want him and a nice, zippy pace. Not high-art, but an effective early 90s action vehicle.
Tony Scott hizo está maravilla a la que no le sobra nada,y Bruce Willis nunca ha sido mas badass que en esta pelicula.
They don't make them like this any more. Truly one of the best action thrillers ever made, with a smart script, Tony Scott at the height of his powers, and Bruce Willis on top form. Remember when he was good? This film gets better every time I watch it.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A full extra star for the superb banter in this one. You don't see enough of good insulting banter in action movies these days.
Shane Black, fútbol y Satanás Claus
Obviamente de la unión entre Tony Scott, Bruce Willis y Shane Black no podía salir una película normalita. Wayans cumple pero la película podía haber ido a más con un actor de más enjundia (o que por lo menos no llevara esos sombreros)
Tony, we miss you
I hadn't seen The Last Boy Scout for a while, so I finally got around to throwing it on.
And I am so glad, because I really fucking love The Last Boy Scout.
I had forgotten most of it, but the parts I remembered have somehow gotten even better. I saw it in a time where I wasn't nearly as huge of a cinephile as I am now, so it was great to really appreciate the marriage of Shane Black and Tony Scott.
Tony Scott is also great for adapting a really fucking good Tarantino script in True Romance, and here he is adapting the great Shane Black. Scott's visual style just clicks oh so very well, and it doesn't…
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