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Bee an American Gangster

You may think you remember what Denzel as a bad man was from Training Day, but from the opening scene of this film, you know you are in store for an entirely different kind of BAD MAN. This movie is not for the squeamish, the film has enough violence and death to fill its almost 160 min runtime. The story takes place during the late 1960’s and 1970’s during the Vietnam War and a very dark time in NYC police history in relation to the drug war in and around President Nixon‘s famous decree in 1971.

At first I thought Denzel was going to overpower what seemed to be a much muted Russell Crowe, but soon I realized that Ridley Scott wanted to build up Crowe‘s character slowly while pouring on the overpowering presence of Denzel Washington.

It was interesting seeing how Scott juxtaposed the corrupt NYC Special Detective (Josh Brolin) with the strait and narrow NJ detective (Russell Crowe).

This is another big movie with Ted Levine playing as cop, which makes me smile, considering he is probably most remembered as Buffalo Bill in The Silence of the Lambs. For all you Serenity fans out there, Chiwetel Ejiofor (you know him as The Operative) plays Denzel’s brother and right hand man. What’s sad is that this is probably the best movie Cuba Gooding Jr. has been involved with in a decade (As Good as It Gets) and he really didn’t do anything too special in this film either…

I am certainly glad to have ended the night with Bee Movie at the tail of this double feature. Even though American Gangster was enthralling, Bee Movie served as a hilarious cleanse of my palette.

Jerry Seinfeld really knocked this one out of the park. Almost the entire way through I was laughing. It was funny though, because I ended up seeing the 9:30pm showing, The only people younger than me in the audience was a group of 17-19 year olds! Regardless of the lack of kids in the theater, the audience was cracking up the entire time as well.

The only thing that threw me for a loop in the film was that it was rated PG and then about 3/4 the way through the film, the word suicide is mentioned, which is probably what pushed it away from a G rating, it was all in good fun, the moment passed with yet another funny joke inserted to break any sign of tension in the scene. I would check with the MPAA about this, but since I hate them, I really couldn’t care less what they rated the film.

The cameos are great in this movie, both Patrick Warburton and Rip Torn are having a lot of fun in this film. Other celebrities that lend their voices to the film include Renée Zellweger, Matthew Broderick, John Goodman, Chris Rock, Kathy Bates, Oprah Winfrey, Larry Miller, Megan Mullally, Tom Papa and Larry King (playing Bee Larry King, of course, yet again showing how cool he is)… even Michael Richards made an lent his voice to the project according to imdb!

I recommend both movies to adults, but only Bee Movie to children.

Thanks to Jeff Milner for the pic.



November 6, 2007 2:57 am - Posted by | comedians, movie reviews, movies, New York, NYC, politics

1 Comment »

  1. […] of Dr. Hannibal Lecter to became a movie icon in 1991. Josh Brolin creates a character that is a polar opposite to his most recent role in American Gangster. Even Jimmy James… err, Stephen Root, made an […]

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