Be Cool [Blu-ray]
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Basically, BE COOL sets out to be an enjoyable light comedy, and it succeeds. It features a large and largely excellent cast having a pretty good time. The only real returning cast member from GET SHORTY is John Travolta (though Danny DeVito has a few cameos) as Chilli Palmer, former shylock turned movie producer, and who now wants to get into the music business after having become disenchanted with the movies. He gets his opportunity when a friend (played briefly by James Woods) tells him about a great young musical talent he wants to get into the movies, and who on Woods's death becomes his charge. Well, more or less, for much of the movie revolves around who is going to be Linda Moon's (played appealing by Christina Milian) manager.Read more ›
I do miss Rene Russo, Gene Hackman and Dennis Farina from the original. Russo is still sexy at 51. Hackman is one of the finest actors in film history, able to do comedy and drama equally well. And Farina always adds greatly to whatever project he's in. But Uma Thurman, Cedric the Entertainer and Harvey Keitel do an admirable job in essentially the same roles (Thurman's first scene, in a skimpy bikini, is sure to arouse any man with a pulse). Vince Vaughn is pretty funny as a white guy who thinks he's black although the routine gets tired by the end of the movie. And the late Robert Pastorelli, in his last role, is as funny as usual as a mob hitman who makes eating cole slaw one of the most nauseating experiences imaginable.
However, The Rock steals the show from just about everyone as Vaughn's musclebound gay bodyguard. I didn't like The Scorpion King at all and wondered what all the hype regarding The Rock was about. After seeing Be Cool, I understand. The Rock hits all of the right notes in a role that is essentially self-satire, right down to the raised eyebrow. He creates a very likable character without becoming a buffoonish oaf. In fact, a couple of the biggest laughs in the film are The Rock's towards the end of the film.
But of course, the film succeeds primarily because of John Travolta's ultra-cool reprise of Chilli Palmer. Played by a lesser actor, Palmer could come off as cocky and arrogant and immediately lose the audience's sympathy.Read more ›
With many of Leonard's stories being made to films from "3:10 to Yuma" and "The Tall T" and the TV series "Justified", the gangster film "Get Shorty" was a box office success and also received nominations in the American Film Institute's "AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs" but also "AFI's 10 Top 10'.
To preface a little about what "Get Shorty" was all about, the film focused on a Miami Loan Shark named Chili Palmer (played by John Travolta) who clashes with another mobster. In the film, Palmer meets with an actor named Martin Weir (played by Danny DeVito) to star in his life story. In the film, Palmer is supposed to collect a lot of money but because of his movie ambitions, people want their money back and end up pursuing each other.
This now leads to "Be Cool", a comedy film produced by Danny De Vito and directed by F. Gary Gray ("The Italian Job", "Law Abiding Citizen", "The Negotiator", "Friday") and a loosely based screenplay adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel by Peter Steinfeld ("21', "Analyze That", "Drowning Mona").
"Be Cool" is presented in 1080p High Definition (widescreen 2:40:1). Picture quality for the film is absolutely vibrant. There are plenty of colors seen through the film but also detail galore. Skin tones are natural, black levels are nice and deep. I didn't notice any blemishes, artifacting or any problems with the film whatsoever. The film looks great on Blu-ray!
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"Be Cool" is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish Dolby Surround and French 5.1 DTS HD.Read more ›
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I LOVE LOVE LOVE THE MOVIE BECOOL. THOUGHT I WAS BUYING A HARD COPY. WASN'T GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY BEFORE THE PURCHASE WAS MADE, DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO CANCEL UNTIL TODAY, DIDN'T... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kathy w/a K
I really like this movie. Not many of my friends realized there was a sequel to Get Shorty. The Rock is totally hilariola in this movie! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brian Barrett
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