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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.
Kurzweiliger Actioner mit absolut kultverdächtigen Sprüchen mit Bruce Willis in Bestform,
Fun little romp from Tony Scott and Co. Probably the most quotable action flick besides Die Hard. And by god is it brutal.
I don't know if I'd go quite as far as to chalk it up as an all time classic, but its pretty convincing case for Shane Black as an auteur. All the buddy movie cliches are in full swing here, and even casual film goers will see the moments where with Willis and Wayans bond coming from a mile away. But, there's something that stood out about 'The Last Boy Scout' with my most recent viewing and it's the amount of underlying sadness and even meanness that looms over the film. It almost runs contrast to the amount of banter and unapologetic profanity. Strippers with hearts of gold being mowed down in the street, suicides, dead wife and kids, drug…
This is one of the late Tony Scott's greatest movies, all over the top gun play, snappy one liners and a plot so preposterous that it carries you along atop its broad, neon shoulders.
Think back to a time when Bruce Willis actually cared about his performance; in turns funny, tragic and slightly deranged. You can't help but route for the guy.
As a friend of mine recently proclaimed "it's the best Die Hard sequel that never was."
He's not wrong.
Si hay que destacar algo es que Bruce Willis no para de soltar perlas, pero no tiene más nada reseñable la película. La acción, la trama y la comparsa nigga de tito Bruce son montoneras.
Take film Noir, 80's action cinema, excessive violence, a script bursting with funny put downs and killer one liners. Add a scuzzy Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans in $650 pants, a fat redneck football tycoon and a villain so sinister that he insists on using everyone's proper names, like he was their mother. Season with bullets, punches and car chases and you get one of the finest action movies of the 90's.
We constantly hear the phrase "they don't make em like that anymore" but in the case of the Last Boy Scout it is literally true. They don't make em like this anymore. Perhaps they are scared to, or maybe they have just forgotten how.
It’s the hair man! It’s got to be the fucking hair! Since Bruce Willis went bald his movies have sucked ass. Ok I am the only one who actually like Live Free or Die Hard, but beyond that, the man has lost the charm and charisma he once had. Take for example this fun Tony Scott Directed actioner from 1991, which is among my favourites on his long resume. Why can’t he still do movies like this anymore? Am I right? Say it with me……….the hair!
At first glance pairing Damon Wayans with Bruce Willis is like the filmmakers were trying to go for a Lethal Weapon type of film with more comedy. But obviously, it is so much more…
"If we drive any faster we will travel back in time!"
Bruce Willis plays Joe "who went to hell and back" Hallenback, a private detective with a tortured past who takes up a regular job to watch out for an exotic dancer but as time goes by the whole affair becomes increasingly personal.
It's a very 90s kinda buddy cop action thriller and that's pretty much all it is. But what it does it's doing very good.
I don't think this film will stay in my mind for very long but I can't say I wasn't entertained. Wayans and Willis worked very well together and the action wasn't the same old same old.
- The Hunger
- Fright Night
- Near Dark
- The Lost Boys
- Pulp Fiction
- Natural Born Killers
Other than Pulp Fiction, which is my favorite, these are in random order.
- Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell
- Assault on Precinct 13
- The Fog
- Escape from New York
This list is complied from the films mentioned in Jack Lehtonen's Mubi list on vulgar auteurism, the films mentioned in…