This is my 2995th Review
Thanks to Debra of Moon in Gemini for this recommendation.
“I once asked this literary agent, uh, what kind of writing paid the best… he said, “Ransom notes.” ” – Harry Zim
Number of Times Seen – At least 5 times (Theater in ’95, cable, DVD, 10 Sep 2000 and 27 Mar 2017)
Brief Synopsis – A gangster from Miami travels to LA to collect a debt and decides that he wants to get into the movie business.
My Take on it – I was so thrilled when Debra picked this film because I always enjoyed watching it, but haven’t seen it in quite some time.
Within minutes of the film starting, I was sucked into the world created onscreen where the mafia and Hollywood are essentially the same field of work.
John Travolta is perfect here as the lead role of Chili Palmer and he helps make things flow so smoothly because of his “cool” and calm attitude the whole time.
He is joined by a stellar cast that helps make this film work so well.
Danny Devito, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo, Dennis Farina, James Gandolfini and Delroy Lindo are all so amazing to watch here mainly because the script is written so well.
The dialogue is amazing and it really lets us differentiate between the varying levels of intelligence of the characters.
They do such a wonderful job comparing the world of the mob with Hollywood and there truly are lots of similarities between the two.
The music bu John Lurie adds so much to the film because it gives the film a beat to move by which helps the flow of it all.
Director Barry Sonnenfeld does a wonderful job keeping the balance between Comedy and Drama here which helps keep us constantly entertained as the film keeps evolving.
Bottom Line – Love this film! The plot is so crisp and fun to watch. The dialogue is superb and really lets us differentiate between the smart and unintelligent characters. Really love how they try to compare mobsters with those that populate the movie industry in Hollywood. The cast is perfect here with Travolta, Hackman, Russo, Devito, Lindo, Farina and Gandolfini are all amazing to watch. The plot is extremely clever and flows so well. The music by John Lurie is quite iconic and keeps the story running to the beat of the amazing score he created. Sonnenfeld gets the balance between comedy and drama perfect which keeps us entertained no matter what is happening onscreen. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to Elmore Leonard, movie star Martin Weir (Danny DeVito), is based on Leonard’s own dealings with Dustin Hoffman. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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