April Fools! Last Action Hero
Happy April Fools Day everyone! I hope people got some good April 1st pranks in, I always forget about it until after midday, so I never get a chance to prank anyone.
Never really been overly excited about Easter, apart from when I was little since all kids like chocolate. Not so fussed now, although I got £100 in late birthday money, which was nice.
After a Sunday dinner yesterday I ended up at Alex’s for a Chinese, haven’t had BBQ ribs and duck chow mein in ages so that was nice as well.
After watching the end of Se7en and the whole entirety of American Psycho, I watched Last Action Hero before I fell asleep at about half 4.
Has to be said straight away, this is a ridiculous film. It is just action cheese and impossible explosions turned up to 100.
That seems to be the point of the thing though. It is about a kid who gets taken into a movie by a magic ticket. Already ridiculous. Everyone in the movie thinks they are real and that the film world is real.
Disregarding the lack of film crews and cameras and whatnot, you can make sense of it. It has a fun take on the insane nature of most action films from the 80s and 90s, where everything explodes if you shoot it, and the hero can withstand a million bullet shots.
When they come out into the real world, the movie’s hero Jack Slater (Arnie) is surprised by cars not exploding and police not instantly arriving after someone is shot.
There are the usual hilarious Arnie one-liners and mental stunts, but it’s all done in a very tongue-in-cheek way. I like the fact that Arnie is prepared to have a go at the kind of film that he embodies, knowing that it is somewhat exaggerated.
It’s not an amazing action film, or a Walk Hard-style parody, it’s just a funny film that pokes a bit of fun at the genre that it is supposed to be, if that makes any sense.
So it isn’t 8 or 9 out of 10 good, but it is an enjoyable 6 out of 10 good. Again, if that makes sense.
I think it does.
Have a nice day, bang bang! – Cactus Jack