All glory is fleeting,
This review is from: Bubba Ho-Tep (Limited Collector's Edition) (DVD)
Bruce Campbell in a sensitive and serious movie? I think we had better believe it! I just think that Campbell wants to show that the real horror is not some supernatural mummy, it is the very real horror of growing old and infirm. He just chooses to show it in the Bruce Campbell way!
Maybe one reason that I find Campbell's performance so touching is that the subject is so very personal to Campbell himself: he knows how fickle fame and glory really are, since he himself is a culthero for some, and totally unknown to most.
A weak mummy preys on the old and forgotten in a retirement home. An old an infirm Elvis Presley joins up with an even older and infirmer JFK to end its reign of terror. But it seems like the relatives and staff welcome its killings, since it gets rid of old coots, and frees up beds, and frees relatives of their responsibility.
The film is very funny, I think, and the story is good. Bruce Campbell really gives a quite deep and sensitive portrait of an aging Elvis, or Elvis impersonator, trying to restore his lost dignity.
However, maybe the final joke is at the audiences expense; I just can't get rid of the feeling that the film is really about two deluded old men hallucinating it all, escaping into a fantasy world before finally dying.