Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Grosse Pointe Blank - part of #3 list of 101 films

Director: George Armitage (The Big Bounce, Miami Blues)
Cast: John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Dan Aykroyd, Hank Azaria, Joan Cusack
USA, 1997

Seen: Aug 12, 2006 via Rogers Direct.

Reason to see: It's on my 101 list of films I can't believe I haven't seen.

Ok, first off I have to say that this film has been on my 'list of films to see' before I even had lists of films to see. It's in 'coming soon' previews or purchased movies I have on VHS. It took me 9 years to see it. 9 years! Holy moly.

After all the waiting - I did enjoy it. But, I think I would have enjoyed it much more if I had seen it earlier to the time of its release when doing anything 'Retro 80's' was a little more new. No, it isn't set in the 80's, but has references and music from then - which is good thing, but I have seen it a lot now. Also, even after all this time I did actually remember a lot of the jokes from the commercials. Would I still recommend it? Sure. Lesson learned though, comedies are more enjoyable if seen close to release date.

Shannon's Overall View:
I enjoyed it it
I'd watch it again
I'd recommend it, especially for anyone who enjoys 80's nostalgia

2 comments:

Sacred Suzie said...

I wondered if you would like this one Shannon. It's quite a black comedy which flew right over my head, people thought it was weird I didn't laugh at the film but actually found it quite the journey of a personality. I guess I over analyzed, LOL.

It's true, it feels quite dated now because of its conscious references to the 80s which is no longer a fresh idea. I really enjoyed the movie though, especially about reconnecting with the past and Cusack is awesome and fun as usual.

Shannon said...

Hmm, I didn't find it too much of a black comedy, but I can see that.

I think for me Romy and Michelle's Highschool Reunion was a similiar film reunion/retro 80's and I loved it so maybe that tailors my opinion.

John, and Joan Cusack were both great.