Cool, Dir; F. Gary Gray, Cert; 12A
words of advice to anyone seeing this film are these: Ignore the fact
that it is a sequel to Get Shorty.
The reason I say this is because many people seem to regard the latter
as a minor classic of recent years. Heaven knows why, as I
thought it was distinctly average, but that would appear to be the general
consensus, and a lot of those folk who complain about this film were those
very people. Now, I admit, Be Cool is ten times sillier than
its predecessor, but this is juxtaposed with the fact that it is also
filled with clever twists towards the end of the movie.
Basically, the plot is simple: Chilli Palmer, once again played by the
inimitable John Travolta, is growing increasingly bored with the film
industry and is turning his attentions to the music business. Linda Moon
(Christina Milian) is the budding singer/songwriter that Palmer chooses
to promote, and he enlists the help of the widow of one of his music producer
friends, Edie (Uma Thurman, re-united with Travolta for the first time
in nearly a decade) to do this.
Moon has already has two managers in the shape of Harvey Keitel
(another Pulp Fiction reunion) and Vincent Vaughn. The latter
actor steals the show throughout the film, playing, if youll forgive
the expression, a complete and utter twat. Hes a feebly ineffectual
man whos all mouth and no trousers, and he provides the opposition
to Travoltas laid back Palmer perhaps TOO laid back, to be
fair. I mean, I found it quite difficult to believe that ANYONE would
just stand and talk calmly whilst having a gun pointed directly at them!
A real sphincter tightening moment for most of us, but apparently not
My only two criticisms of the film are that we are subjected to the now
all too familiar scenario of inept street gang member who talks
like a sulky teenager for comedy effect way too many times for my
liking; the other one being that the dance between Travolta and Thurman
was (presumably deliberately) so similar to the one in the previously
mentioned Tarantino classic that it really was quite embarrassing.
On the plus side though, The Rock was surprisingly amusing as Vaughns
camp and lightweight bodyguard and the soundtrack was quite...er
at times. I never noticed what a nice arse Christina Milian had before
I saw this film either
but then again I guess that one only works
if youre a bloke
Not too shabby anyway, despite what you may have heard. 7/10