Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at The Last Action Hero… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”
Last Action Hero was one of Arnold’s first big box office flops. Released one week after the epic Jurassic Park – which many predicted would effect the film’s success – Sony failed to listen to the advice and stuck to the original advertised release date and it failed to make an impact. The movie attempts to spoof the action movie genre with a kid entering the movie world with magical ticket given to him by an elderly projectionist.
The kid (Danny) brings the character Jack Slater, played by Arnie, into the real world and Slater struggles to cope and doesn’t understand why some things work in the movie world and not in Danny’s reality. The film mainly tries to work as a comedy and incorporates many action scenes which is a given considering the movie’s title. At the time of its release it was heavily criticised by critics and moviegoers for failing at what it was trying to achieve but since then it has become a huge favourite among Arnold fans and even popular film magazines have listed as the most underrated movie ever.
I think Last Action Hero works best as a comedy and Arnold gives one of his best performances and the movie has a fantastic villain played by Charles Dance who is so perfectly cast in the role.
Do you think it still stands up well and feel its underrated or did it deserve the negative feedback?… Let’s find out