You have only a few days to see one of the most underrated films of the great movie star: a film of laughter and heists from the director of ‘School for Young Assassins’.
If you are a fan of action comedies, you still have time to see this hidden gem from Netflix. But you must hurry because it leaves the platform on April 30 and it is also starring a mythical and much-loved actor, although he has been very unfairly treated. We tell you why she deserves a second chance and the curious story behind the film.
Thanks to the success of Crystal jungle jump occurred Bruce Willis as a movie superstar and action hero, though the celebrated actor has always had other concerns. We’ve seen him in great dramas like Pulp Fiction and The Sixth Sense, and weird sci-fi like The Fifth Element and 12 Monkeys, but he also had incredible comedic talent, as he showed in his first major role on the TV sitcom Moonlighting.
Precisely comedy and the courage to make risky decisions are some of the talents that have distinguished Willis from other stars. And both things are found in his underappreciated 1992 comedy, which was widely considered a box-office flop and was slaughtered at the Razzie Awards with three accolades, including worst picture. undeserved awards, because The Great Falcon is a real gem to discover and you only have a few days to watch it on Netflix.
Willis had been spurred on by the successes of both Crystal jungle like Jungle 2: Red Alertand wanted to carry out a dream project. He and his friend Robert Kraft came up with the basis for the film before Willis became famous, and when they had enough power to get the project off the ground, they sought out collaborators. The screenwriter of Crystal jungleSteven E. de Souza, would shape the idea of the actor and his compadre, while Michael Lehmann, director of School for young killers, would be in charge of telling it.
The story follows Eddie Hawkins, a white-collar thief released from prison after a ten-year sentence, and hopes to lead an honest life in which he can enjoy his favorite drink: the cappuccino. But the mob threatens him and his friend Tommy (Danny Aiello) and they must stage a big heist where they will steal a series of works by Leonardo da Vinci. From there, Hawkins will get into a whole network with secret societies and government agencies.
With that premise we could expect a conventional heist film, but there is nothing conventional in the great falcon. His main charisma lies in an irreverent satire that gives several comic turns to classic film noir, pulling without fear or shame physical and absurd comedy, almost cartoon-even uses several wacky sound effects-. At times surreal, at times silly and charming, her comedy makes it a unique film, perhaps not for all palates, but it shows the incredible range of her star.
There is no better example of what Willis and company were looking for than one of the first robbery sequences, where we see him in action as he synchronizes his movements and those of the guards to the rhythm of a Bing Crosby jazz piece. The perfect knowledge of the duration of the songs helps him to perfectly design his beats, leaving very elegant and fresh scenes on the screen that have surely served as an inspiration for people like Edgar Wrightespecially for movies like BabyDriver.
His carefree energy is key to giving him certain distinction from other films of the time, and especially from other Bruce Willis films. However, it is also what has caused its misunderstanding at the time, with several terrible reviews and a collection that did not cover its 65 million budget. But, like any good cult work, the passage of time has been enough to value it and claim it as one of the most unique works of the actor.
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