Countdown to 5K! – #69 – Fandango (1985)

This is my 4944thReview

Original Rating prediction – 8/10


“There’s nothing wrong with going nowhere, son. It’s a privilege of youth” – Gardner

Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 Feb 2019)

Brief Synopsis –A group of college friends decide to spend the last few days before they go their separate ways by having fun across the state.

My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard of before choosing it for this series.

That choices was based solely on the fact that this was one of Kevin Costner’s first films and that he was directed by Kevin Reynolds who would work with him on both Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) and Waterworld (1995).

Unfortunately, both of those films make this one feel so inferior because nothing interesting actually happens here that would make anyone care what would happen to these characters.

The presence of Costner and Judd Nelson doesn’t help make things more interesting at all which is a shame.

The best scene of the film is the skydiving one because they are able to create a scenario that is thrilling, suspenseful and also hilarious all at the same time.

Unfortunately, there are no other scenes in this film that come even close to matching that one which is such a pity because the talent is there but the presentation is missing and everything else comes across as being too boring for its own good.

Bottom Line – Extremely boring road trip film that doesn’t manage to find interesting enough traits for the characters for us to care about them. The cast is spectacular but even Costner and Nelson can’t help make this film more interesting. The skydiving scene is the only scene worth watching in this film because it’s hilarious and also suspenseful at the same time. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to duplicate the way that scene plays out throughout the film because the rest is a pure snoozefest.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The movie is based on a short student film directed by Kevin Reynolds when he was in USC film school. The student film is basically just the skydiving sequence, based on a true story. Steven Spielberg, having seen the student film, recruited Reynolds to direct a full-length movie based on it.  In the end, Steven Spielberg was so disappointed with this film, he took his name off of it when it was released. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (2/10)


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One thought on “Countdown to 5K! – #69 – Fandango (1985)

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