With writing credits for the first two Lethal Weapons, the Last Boy Scout, and the Long Kiss Goodnight, Shane Black made his directorial debut in 2005 with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. This detective noir has the perfect mix of dark humor driven by Robert Downey Jr. perfectly. Shane Black has teamed up again with Robert Downey Jr. in the upcoming Iron Man 3 so I thought this would be the perfect time to review this sleeper hit.
Robert Downey Jr. plays Harry Lockhart who is a small time crook from New York City. After a robbery goes wrong he finds himself running from the police. He makes his way into a random building and barges into a room where auditions for a movie are taking place. Mistaken as an actor he begins to audition for the role. With the state of mind he is in mixed with the type of role he is “auditioning” for, he completely mesmorizes the casting crew. Immediately, the casting director wants to send him to L.A. As for the police, an officer stumbles into the room but doesn’t recognize the “actor” as his perpetrator and even wishes him good luck.
I usually post the movie trailer with my reviews but I felt that this trailer gave away a key scene. Instead, here is the clip of Harry Lockhart eluding the police.
Author Karen Eiffel (Emma Thompson) is writing a fiction novel about an IRS agent, Harold Crick (Will Ferrell), who lives a very mundane and lonely life. In fact, she is writing about the days leading up to his tragic yet poetic death. The only problem is Harold Crick is actually a real person. He is every bit as real as Karen Eiffel accurately depicts him to be to the slightest detail. Somehow, as Mr. Crick lives his life, he is able to hear Karen’s words in his head as she is typing out her story. He at first tries to ignore the voice but it becomes so distracting it begins to effect his job.
Eventually he hears the voice say, “Little did he know that this simple, seemingly innocuous act would result in his imminent death.” This sets off the panic alarm for Harold. He visits a psychologist and eventually literary Professor Jules Hilbert (Dustin Hoffman) to help him make sense of it all. With the aid of Professor Hilbert, Harold Crick has to determine why this omniscient voice seems to know of his “imminent death” so he can prevent it from happening.
An honest and personal story, Adventureland comes from the director of Superbad, but don’t let that fool you. Although advertised as such, this is not the raunchy foul-mouthed comedy full of drinking and smoking pot you may come to expect.
Don’t get me wrong; there is plenty of foul-mouthed comedy to be had here along with drinking and smoking pot. And yes, it is about a young man who happens to be a virgin seeking a girl during a summer break from school while partying with goofy friends. Sound clichéd enough for you? What separates this movie from the likes of Superbad, American Pie, and other rated R young adult comedies is that it takes itself a little more seriously. It’s down to earth. There is a relatable story being told. If you’ve ever worked a minimum wage job with almost no real responsibility this movie will take you back. Back to the days when minimum wage was good enough and your coworkers became your crew and hanging out with them became your world.
A fun and enjoyable ride all the way through, Safety Not Guaranteed carries us through a rare journey that dares you to let go of logic and believe the impossible. These quirky characters are able to pull off a story that dances around mystery, insanity, science, fiction, friendship, hope, love, and blind faith.
A staff writer at a Seattle-based magazine looking for a story, along with two interns, are intrigued by a classified ad from a man seeking help to travel back in time with him. They are baffled that someone would post such an odd request and want to find out if this guy is serious. The trio of writers decide to take a trip to the rural town where he is from. They begin to investigate him; first, from a distance and then, by befriending him. The more they learn about him, the more they realize this guy is serious — he really is hatching a plan to travel back in time.