Wise Guys Go To Hollywood...
Get Shorty is a movie to sit back and enjoy for the ensemble of casting
it. Take one shylock from Miami (John Travolta), add one B grade movie
producer Harry Zimm (Gene Hackman), mix with a less-than-sharp wiseguy
(Dennis Farina) and move the gang to Los Angeles. Once there meet Karen
Flores (Rene Russo) and the star of the moment Martin Weir (Danny DeVito)
and mix well.
This movie is entertaining and the hysterical humor in it works.
is hilarious without trying as Harry Zimm, a B grade producer Chili
pays a visit to and decides to stay. Chili Palmer (Travolta) is a wise
who finds his real calling is in producing movies. "Look at me" is
attention getting tag line that soon everyone who meets Chili starts
to sound as dangerous as Chili acts. Dennis Farina plays Ray Barbone,
another wise guy who, by default, becomes Chili's boss and is after money
owed to him. Farina who used to be a real life cop, is both comical and
his element in this movie.
Delroy Lindo is cast as a wannabe producer and hitman with great style
aplumb not to mention a dazzling, colorful wardrobe. James Gandolfini is
very convincing as Lindo's sidekick "Bear" with a southern accent, who
happens to be a stunt guy too. As all these ingredients come together, a
great and worthy movie comes together as all key characters plot and plan
help Zimm (a great comic turn for Gene Hackman who never let's his
down) get a large movie produced and made. Danny De Vito, as always, is
fine actor who, despite his small stature, can fill a big screen as the
star of the moment in Hollywood in "Get Shorty."
This movie is Goodfellas meets LA Confidential. The casting is superb,
the supporting cast is a must have ensemble and this movie takes off
superbly from the opening scene in Miami and continues with a blast to
Angeles where Chili decides he wants to be a movie producer and what
wants, Chili gets.
Travolta's "Saturday Night Fever" swagger is alive and well in this
comical wiseguy Hollywood movie. His maturity adds depth that was lacking
my opinion during his "Fever" days. Travolta is a superb actor, second
none and "Get Shorty" is a clever, well-acted movie worth keeping for a
second look because it is such a pleasure to watch the first time.
If you're up for some great acting by Hollywood's finest, and want some
hysterical laughs, "Get Shorty" is for you.
Hey, look at me! I give this movie a 9 out of 10 for it's humor, it's
it's casting and it's ability to flat out entertain you. If you need to
dissect a movie to see what makes it tick, I suggest "Das Boot" but if
want a great movie with lots of laughs, this one is for you.
I also recommend "Pulp Fiction" and yet another Travolta vehicle
Colors." Travolta has grown into his acting and is natural on the big
screen as both a great character actor and a movie star, able to combine
humor with incredibly convincing roles. "Broken Arrow" and "Face/Off"
two more examples of the phenomenal Travolta who is one of few that
over from teen sensation to major movie star with staying power.
"Get Shorty" is a must see movie with plenty of action and non-stop
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