Get Shorty – Barry Sonnenfeld, director, 1905
JOHN: There’s something about Elmore Leonard that makes you want to read rather than watch this one. Perhaps the story is overly complex–too many characters, or too quirky and a little too creative. Don’t get me wrong, I love movies about movies especially about the one I am watching and this story seems as authentic as you get, but in the end I am left asking, “What? Could you go back over that again?”
GO, GO, GO, (3 GOs out of 4)
SPANKY: You should be saying, “Look me in the eye.” like everyone else did after John Travolta’s superb performance (I think matching Pulp Fiction). Isn’t the problem, we’re too dumb to keep up. Hackman, Travolta and Taxi’s DeVito are at their best, and the twist at the end should leave us all thinking about what we see and what we get. I think Get Shorty wears its guts on its sleeve.
BARK, BARK, BARK, BARK(4 BARKs out of 4)