Tony Scott Retrospect – The Last Boy Scout (1991) – Encore Review


“If you go any faster we’re gonna travel back in time.” – Jimmy Dix

Number of Times Seen – At least 10 times (Theater in ’91, 12 Oct 1992, Cable, video, DVD, 10 Aug 2014 and 18 Jun 2020)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A down on his luck private eye takes on a deadly cast when he has to protect an exotic dancer.

My Take on it – I’m going to be a guest at the end of the month on a podcast that will be reviewing the body of work of Director Tony Scott, so I plan to watch and review over the next 8 days, 8 of his most popular films in order of their release dates.

This is #3!

This is another film that I saw in the theater not long after it debuted and loved every minute of it.

This is a really fun action thriller that works largely due to the performance of Bruce Willis who is at the top of his game in this story.

His partnership with Damon Wayans Jr. is quite mismatched yet a  the story progresses, so does their chemistry and that helps keep things even more interesting to watch unfold.

The story is wall to wall action and the addition of Willis’ one-liners and self depreciation jokes helps keep things so fun to watch.

The thrills are wall to wall and never let up until the credits begin to roll which helps keep the adrenaline rush flowing throughout.

There are some great twists and turns along the way that helps to keep the story more intriguing and entertaining and it doesn’t matter how often one has seen the film, it all still stays quite entertaining.

Director Tony Scott once again is able to make this genre work for him and he delivers such a fun and enjoyable film that works so well.

Bottom Line – Such a fun action thriller that is able to work so well. Willis and Wayans are quite mismatched here yet their characters grow on one another over the course of the story and that has to do with the great chemistry between them. The story is action packed and filled with some great Willis one-liners that help liven things up even more. The story is filled with wall to wall thrills that never let up until the credits begin to roll. The supporting cats is also great an help keep things moving along really well. The story is filled with some great twists and turns along the way that help keep things quite entertaining no matter how often one has seen this film. Scott does a great job directing and once again delivers in the action thriller genre with a fun and enjoyable film. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  Assistant director James W. Skotchdopole later recalled how some of the production problems were caused due to the “Overabundance of alpha males on that project”. As he said in an interview; “Bruce was at the height of his stardom, so was Joel, so was Tony and so was Shane. There were a lot of people who had a lot of opinions about what to do. There were some heated, early-Nineties, testosterone charged personalities on the line. It was a ‘charged environment’, shall we say.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10) (no change from original review)

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