Get Shorty (1995) directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, adapted by Scott Frank from the Elmore Leonard novel
May 11, 2011 § Leave a comment
Part Hollywood Insider movie, part mobster movie, all satire, all fun and very smart. John Travolta brings us one of his iconic characters and probably his most under rated performance as Chili Palmer, a nice and very intelligent loan shark who wants out of the loan sharking business and into the pictures business, via a washed up hack producer of D-grade creature features and slasher flicks, played to shameless perfection by Gene Hackman. Travolta brings a reserved charm and self-aware but modest cool to this role, with Gene Hackman playing the down on his luck, mildly blithering producer as a wide eyed almost-has-been-never-quite-was type. His spouse is played Rene Russo as a jaded, intelligent working actress and former scream queen. They hatch a plot to sell a major movie star (Danny DeVito in a cute, low key performance) on a new picture idea based on real life events, mostly Chili’s life. Chili has to deal with rival local gangsters, played hilariously by Delroy Lindo and James Gandolfini, along with Dennis Farina as a goofy rival from Miami, where Chili is from. Farina gets hilariously banged up and brutalized throughout the film. This is a really fluffy-light ensemble comedy with likable characters, clever plot twists and sharp dialogue. All in all a fun filled caper similar to a Quentin Tarantino-style script by way of the mind of Elmore Leonard.