Kung Fury

Kung Fury

Most valuable part of this is discovering that the once $80-or-more Drafthouse Films Blu-ray of Miami Connection is back in print for $18.99!

Really wanted to have fun with this, but there's a constant contradiction between sending up/paying homage to cheesy action flicks from the eighties that had to make due with tangible physical shortcomings by utilizing weightless technology with somewhat unlimited CGI resources. Scattered moments of humor (Jorma Taccone can't help but elevate whatever he's given), the DIY effects are admirable (not surprising to learn VFX work is the director's specialty), and it's generous that it's offered for free, but comedic timing is pretty off for the whole thing, the VHS aesthetic comes and goes at will (the visuals look good enough that one wishes they could've applied a filter to the whole thing), and never goes deeper than "isn't [trope/cliché] ridiculous?" (if anyone doubts the vitality of Edgar Wright, this should disprove them). Really could take a lesson from Too Many Cooks about the elevation structure of jokes. When you start at peak ridiculousness, randomness becomes pretty dull after a while. If the feature-length version of this adds any new story beats, I'll be pleasantly surprised.

So yeah, go get that Miami Connection Blu-ray. It's a hell of a good time, and Y.K. Kim didn't have Kickstarter.

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