Worth A Look: 19.3%
Pretty Bad: 1.75%
Total Crap: 4.09%
10 reviews, 111 user ratings
by Katharine Leis
The acting, directing, music, and just about everything else in this film were so flawless that they almost made it look too easy. It's everything the great reviews say it is and more...lots more.When a friend of mine told me Bubba Ho-Tep was screening at the Florida Film Festival in 2003, I said “Bubba who?” I had not heard of the film, and did not go to see it.
"Now THAT'S a movie."
In the months afterward, I began to hear more about this film…all and only great reviews.
The plot summary from the movie’s website said something about an Egyptian mummy hunting nursing home residents and that Elvis and JFK were two residents who were going to try to stop him.
Wait a minute, nobody said anything about a campy weirdo story, they claimed it was a great movie…
Though I’d hoped it would swing through town on it’s limited theatrical release, the closest it came was two hours away. I did the next best thing and pre-ordered the DVD from Amazon.com.
After hearing almost a year’s worth of hype, I tried to convince myself to watch it pretending I had heard nothing. I’ve been disappointed many times by over hyped movies that I probably would have liked had everyone else not LOVED them so much.
The first fifteen minutes or so passed by, and though I was impressed with the Bruce Campbell transformation almost as much as the much touted Charlize Theron makeover, the movie did not grab me. It seemed to be some raunchy humor and a dark and dreary set up and not much more.
Then, it happened.
Movie magic took over.
I do not really want to give too much away, but I can honestly say that it is well worth the $19.59 price tag if for nothing more than the feeling and thoughts that form in the brain afterward. I highly recommend this film to anyone, cult and non cult moviegoers alike.
Remember the original Miracle on 34th Street? I saw it when I was 12 or so, and though I’d long since caught my mum placing presents under the tree, that movie made me believe, if only for a split second, that Santa Claus really existed.
This is what happened with Bubba Ho-Tep. Well, not the Santa Claus part, but the story was so well written and all the questions were so cleverly answered that I did believe, if only for a minute, that it could have happened in real life exactly the way it did in the film. This was no easy feat, and I have no idea what the exact mix of brilliance and creativity was that dreamed it all up.
I do know, that beyond the characters and beyond the heart pounding moments there lay a story and a message. A message that I may not fully understand for another 40 years, but I definitely got a good gist.
It is about a person’s use and worth, and even questions the meaning of life. It’s about accomplishment and regret, love, power, and what is really important in our time here on this crazy planet.
Though it never attempted to answer all of the questions or explain all of the topics, it has left me sitting here thinking about every single one.Shut off the reality TV and put this one in the DVD player. If there were more films like this, people would stop complaining about high ticket prices at the theater. OK, they’d probably still complain, but they wouldn’t have any valid reason to do so.
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originally posted: 06/01/04 21:38:24
|OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2003 SXSW Film Festival. For more in the 2003 South By Southwest Film Festival series, click here.
OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2003 Seattle Film Festival. For more in the 2003 Seattle Film Festival series, click here.