Larger Than Life (1996)


“Okay I’ve got some good news and some bad news. The good news is it’s all downhill from here. The bad news is you’re going to carry me.” – Jack Corcoran

Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Jul 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A motivational speaker gets an inheritance from his estranged father after he dies – a trained elephant name Vera.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across by accident and was curious to see if Bill Murray would be able to make what seems like a terrible idea to work.

He obviously can’t and this film actually fails on so many levels.

This movie is quite strange and attempt to stretch a one joke idea out for 90 minutes.

Unfortunately, the joke is maybe unny once, but it is repeated so often here that its incredible that someone thought this might actually work.

Murray is a hit or miss actor and when he is on, he is superb and when he is off, it’s painful to watch.

This film and his performance here falls into that latter category

Matthew McConaughey has a small role in this film and despite being an amazing actor most of the time, he is horrendous here as a crazy truck driver that tries to track down Murray and his pachyderm in order to enact revenge on them.

This string of the story is actually the weakest of the film and is also the silliest.

Bottom Line – Really strange film that fails to work on any level. This is a one-joke movie that repeats that joke so many time over and over that it gets quite annoying and the viewer just wants it to finally stop. Murray is a hit or miss actor who is amazing when he hits and terrible when he misses and this film and his performance fall into the latter category.  McConaughey is also a great actor yet he is horrendous here as a truck driver who tries to track down this pair in order to get revenge on them.  That part of the story is by far the silliest.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Vera was actually named Tai (born November 4, 1968), a celebrity Asian elephant best known for playing Bo Tat in the film Operation Dumbo Drop (1995), Vera in Larger than Life (1996) and Rosie in Water for Elephants (2011). Tai was owned by Have Trunk Will Travel, Inc., a privately funded organization that generates income through elephant rides, shows and events, as well as film and commercial appearances. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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