A guilty pleasure of mine, but odds are, you won't like it.You know, I've been pretty ruthless when it comes to reviewing Bruce Willis movies. Occasionally, there's a movie he's in that I do like, such as the first Die Hard, 12 Monkeys...
And oh yeah, this.
Yep, it's a vanity project, and it's a portrait of wretched excess and a shining example of what happens when people with power just don't give a rat's ass. It's basically a mess of a movie, with over the top performances, a weak plot, Danny Aiello singing, and, Heaven help us all, Andie McDowell.
But you know what? I still dig it.
I can't explain why, really. It grossed something like $17 million, on a budget of $65 million. It's a certified bomb, and the benchmark for all the bombs that would come after it. Critics panned it, audiences stayed away in droves. The narrative's a mess.
I think it's funny as hell. The jokes are stupid (upon decapitating a villain, Hawk, played by Willis, says "Guess you won't be attending that hat convention in July") and obvious, the characters and situations absurd (a couple of mob brothers are named, get this, the Mario Brothers), and the singing (courtesy of a passable Willis and a shaky Aiello) is just kind of out there.
So I've hit all the negatives for everyone. But they're all positives for me. It's just a bad movie I happen to like a lot. You probably won't like it, and that's fine. But I do.I've certainly seen worse movies. Avengers, anyone?