Note: Originally written in May 2015
This adaptation of Elmore Leonard's novel makes sure it doesn't loose any of the cool the famed author reportedly injects into his writing. One of those fun films with bad guys and crooked guys where you root for the protagonist only because he's the crooked guy with a good bit of heart. John Travolta backs his Pulp Fiction outing with this effervescent flick. The dialogue has bundles of humor in it and Barry Sonnenfeld does a fine job balancing the script's craziness and affability. Rene Russo is quite desirable as part dame in distress and part seductress. Danny DeVito is his usual energetic self. Gene Hackman is the surprise of the flick with a dazzlingly funny rendition. I approached this flick with a lot of skepticism, given my lack of awareness of Leonard's novels, and walked away very amused and supremely entertained.
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Call me by your name
If paths were to align, there is passion and love, a hurried cascade of affection for the other one
A Quiet Place
What deserves dwelling upon is how the film works as a Rube Goldberg machine, a wonderful contraption