"Sullivan's Travels" starts with one of the funniest scenes I've watched in quite some time, filled with rapid fire zingers. The rest of the movie can't live up to that standard, but it's still a pretty great comedy overall. I don't know if I buy the idea that comedy is more important than films about social issues, but they are far from mutually exclusive. Maybe that's the real lesson to learn here.
The film is mostly good, but Brandon Lee as Eric Draven is fantastic. He created a character that was unique, memorable and certainly influential. Obviously the circumstances behind this one are tragic, but he will live forever though this film and what he was able to do. The film is a dark, brooding, bloody revenge movie that certainly won't be for everyone, but I really enjoyed it for what it was. For me, I think it was lacking in the action scenes, especially considering Lee's martial arts background.
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