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King Cobra (Bluray/DVD Combo) [Blu-ray]
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Based on a stranger-than-fiction true story, King Cobra is a deliciously dark, twisted plunge into the behind-the-scenes world of the pornography industry. Its 2006, YouTube is in its infancy, and internet porn is still behind a paywall. Taking the stage name Brent Corrigan, a fresh-faced, wannabe adult video performer (Garrett Clayton) is molded into a star by Stephen (Christian Slater, Mr. Robot), a closeted gay porn mogul who runs the skin flick empire Cobra Video from his seemingly ordinary suburban home. But as Brents rise and demands for more money put him at odds with his boss, he also attracts the attention of a rival producer (James Franco) and his unstable lover (Keegan Allen) who will stop at nothing to squash Cobra Video and steal its number one star. Co-starring Alicia Silverstone and Molly Ringwald, King Cobra is part delirious, tabloid-shocker satire, part American tragedy.
Audio Commentary with Director/Co-writer Justin Kelly
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All in all this was a really good movie... all good performances with some nice cameos from 80s and 90s screen idols Alicia Silverstone and Molly Ringwald and a commanding performance from Clayton as the face of the porn world at that time.
I definitely recommend this movie. Come for the subject matter, stay for the performances.
While leaving out certain facts and characters, and changing the motivations and characteristics of others, the actors do a credible job, most notably Christian Slater as Stephen (Bryan Kocis in the real event). James Franco might be seen as overacting, but then again, this IS dark comedy. Garrett Clayton does a complete about-face from his Disney days and may simply be considered by many as just "hot, twink eye candy", but he's convincing in his role as the at first naive porn star and may find that this leads him into further, more mainstream adult roles. The extended cameos by Molly Ringwald and Alicia Silverstone might be considered throwaways, but that would be overlooking the delightful intent of placing squeaky clean, fresh scrubbed '80s and '90s teen starlets smack dab in the middle of a lurid setting. Again, dark comedy.
The major complaint I have with the film is the writing, and to a lesser extent, the directing. Dark comedy needs razor sharp, tight writing to succeed and King Cobra falls short of that standard. Screenwriter/director Justin Kelly is a newcomer, having only come to prominence for his 2015 film effort with James Franco and Zachary Quinto.
And finally, I hope that those who are dissatisfied with a perceived lack of, or sanitization of, nudity/sexual situations, truly get past this quibble. The film's intent is NOT to sensationalize or portray the actual trashy rawness of the gay porn industry, but rather to comment on it in a classic dark comedy manner. 3.5 stars out of 5 (rounded to 4, thanks to Amazon).
The movie is pretty good. I think the acting is excellent. The boy that played Brent fit right in to that role. I was surprised. I am a Disney fan and I knew the actor from his role is a couple of Disney movies. I do recommend this movie as a must see. I am not sure that you need to purchase it.