Accidental Hero (1992)

Director: Stephen Frears

Writer: David Webb Peoples (Screenplay) Laura Ziskin, Alvin Sargent, David Webb Peoples (Story)

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Geena Davis, Andy Garcia, Joan Cusack, Kevin J O’Connor, Maury Chaykin, Stephen Tobolowsky

 

Plot: A not-so-nice man rescues passengers from a crashed airliner, only to see someone else take credit.


Tagline – We’re all heroes if you catch us at the right moment. Even Bernie LaPlante.

Runtime: 1 Hour 59 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Interesting Idea, Not Funny Enough

 

Story: Accidental Hero starts as we meet Bernie LaPlante (Hoffman) who is facing jail time for his streetwise action, he is trying to talk himself out of jail time, without much success. We also meet reporter Gale (Davis) who has just received an award for her work even if her boss isn’t given her the chances she has earnt.

When the plane carrying Gale crash lands, Bernie happens to be next to accident, he ends up saving everybody on board, before vanishing into the night. When Gale wants to make the story out of the event, a fellow homeless man John Bubber (Garcia) takes credit, who wants to use his new-found fame to help the homeless, while Bernie is left in jail watching the events unfold.

 

Thoughts on Accidental Hero

 

Characters – Bernie LaPlante is a homeless man that has blown his successful life out the water, he lost his wife, most of his time with his son and is facing jail, he knows how to survive and push the limits to make sure he survives on the street, with his car being his home. He ends up doing an act of greatness, saving the passengers on a plane, but not wanting the praise for this, until a monetary reward comes up, he must figure out how to prove it was him. Gale is a reporter on the rise in the business, she is receiving an award, while still fighting her time on the big screen, she makes a story out of the plane crash, which sees her take a homeless man to celebrity status. John Bubber is a homeless man that decides to come forward and claim the reward for being the hero, he soon becomes the talk of the town that would inspire many into doing the right thing.

PerformancesDustin Hoffman is the right man for the job because he fits the unlikely hero that has been through the struggles in life. Geena Davis is fun in the role that sums up the struggle women would have in the professional field. Andy Garcia goes through the biggest change which sees him doing everything to live with the new fame.

StoryThe story follows a reporter who wants to make the hero of a plane crash rescue known to the people they saved, only for the real person behind it all, not getting the game after a fake takes the limelight. This does pain the picture of faster acting celebrities coming from such simple ideas of rescuing somebody, people struggling with new fame and how people are quick to just judge anybody that might be helping others out. Strangely enough this is one of the stories that could really become more appealing in the social media heavy world we now live in and would be an interesting one to see reach new level.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy in this film doesn’t come off, it never feels like a film you could have a giggle about anything happening, the romance is strange because it just doesn’t give us a believable one either.

SettingsThe settings show us just how the big city can capture a story which would make an unknown a celebrity over night.


Scene of the Movie –
The balcony.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The lack of comedy in the comedy film.

Final ThoughtsThis is a lacklustre romantic comedy that just doesn’t hit the marks it could and actually feels like it could be one film that makes a bigger impact now.

 

Overall: Stuck between too many genres.

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Beetlejuice (1988)

betleDirector: Tim Burton

Writer: Michael McDowell, Warren Skaaren (Screenplay) Michael McDowell, Larry Wilson (Story)

Starring:  Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Catherine O’Hara, Jeffrey Jones, Winona Ryder, Glenn Shadix

 

Plot: A couple of recently deceased ghosts contract the services of a “bio-exorcist” in order to remove the obnoxious new owners of their house.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Overrated Classic?

 

Story: Beetlejuice starts when married couple Adam (Baldwin) and Barbara (Davis) suffer an accident leading to them to both getting killed only to find themselves in a purgatory in their own home. When the new family moves into their house Adam and Barbara try to use their ghostly side to scare away the Deetz’s Delia (O’Hara), Charles (Jones) and Lydia (Ryder).

Trying to learn how to scare the family out of the house Adam and Barbara must learn how to scare people but they eventually turn to Betelgeuse who doesn’t play by the same rules. Adam and Barbara must look to stop Betelgeuse from taking over the situation while getting their house back to the way they want.

Beetlejuice is a film I only have ever heard good things about but going into watching it I couldn’t help but wonder what all the hype really is. The film comes off feeling like it goes against the traditionally ghost haunting where certain ghosts don’t understand how to haunt and don’t want to be terrifying but in the end now we have had many other film have done similar styles to what I think is a better standard. The comedy seems very forced and in the end I will not be giving this the hype other people give it.

 

Overall: This just doesn’t live up to the hype anymore.

Rating40

 

 

Jeff Goldblum Weekend – The Fly (1986)

flyDirector: David Cronenberg

Writer: Charles Edward Pogue, David Cronenberg (Screenplay) George Langelaan (Short Story)

Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Joy Boushel, Leslie Carlson, George Chuvalo

 

Plot: A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Classic Horror

 

Story: The Fly starts as Seth Brundle (Goldblum) is talking about his invention that can change the human history to reporter Veronica (Davis). Taking her back to his lab he shows her his teleporters and he wants her to record his moment in history.

Seth wants to be able to make his teleporter be able to teleport living creatures but after failing to teach his teleporters to learn he find himself killing the animal involved. When he finally makes a breakthrough he could well have created something to ease transportation.

When Seth jealous of Veronica’s previous relationship with Stathis Borans (Getz) he has a few drinks and puts himself through the teleporter. Seth’s rash decision finds himself mixing his own DNA with a fly and the transformation has started to take over Seth.

The Fly has a storyline which does challenge the motion of what is best for science as well as asking the questions about what happens if science goes wrong. The story itself is pretty easy to follow and builds upon what the original offered. It would be fair to say the most important aspect of this film was put into the practical effects and trying to make the transformation look as real and shocking as possible but that all helps take away what could have just been a bog standard remake. This story works because of the horror created within the effects and could easily be considered one of the best ever made.

 

Actor Review

 

Jeff Goldblum: Seth Brundle is a brilliant but loner scientist who has committed all of his time into his work but with his life’s work almost done he searches for a reporter to help tell his story. when he finally gets his machine to be able to teleport living things he enters the machine himself only to have his DNA mixed with fly only for him to transform into a life size fly. Jeff gives what could easily be his best performance if not his most famous in this role which is filled with pure terror.

Geena Davis: Veronica Quaife is a reporter looking for a story at a science event where she meets and is instantly intrigued with his story. the two become romantically involved as she witnesses the progress and eventually deconstruction of Seth. Geena is great in this role with each reaction coming off how you could see this really happening.

John Getz: Stathis Borans is the editor of the magazine that Veronica works for as well as being the former partner of her. He doesn’t want anything to do with the story but soon gets involved when he learns about the romantic side to their story in an act of jealous. John is good in this supporting role being your typical jealous former partner.

Support Cast: The Fly doesn’t have the biggest supporting cast with most just being involved in an odd scene.

Director Review: David CronenbergDavid gives us a film that is over 30-year-old and still easily one of the greatest and most shocking horror movies ever made.

 

Horror: The Fly is one of the best if not the true best body horror films ever made.

Sci-Fi: The Fly gives us an answer to what would happen if DNA got wrongly crossed and the horrific effects it can cause.

Settings: The Fly keeps most of the settings within the lab where Seth works showing us just how secretive the work he is working on is.
Special Effects
: The Fly has some of the best practical effects you’ll ever see within any film.

Suggestion: The Fly is one of the most must watch horror film you will ever see. (Must Watch)

 

Best Part: Final Transformation.

Worst Part: It might be too much for some people.

Oh My God Moment: Brundlefly.

Scariest Scene: Baboon scene.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Has one.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Won an Oscar for Best Make Up

Budget: $15 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 36 Minutes

Tagline: Something went wrong in the lab today. Very wrong.

Trivia: The famous tagline, “Be afraid. Be very afraid”, originated in this film as dialogue spoken by Veronica Quaife

 

Overall: Simple put one of the best sci-fi horror movies ever made.

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