The Whole Nine Yards (2000)

“The Whole Nine Yards” (2000)


Willis and friends

Films like this hardly ever matter. They don’t question the medium, or even try to do something mildly new in game they try to play. They come from a serial production industry, damaged in some way that every new product comes a little bit more colourless and flawed than the previous one. This one has still some colour and it still is mildly fun to watch, but it already sounds worn out.

The two elements that make it work are a relatively engaging plot, and Bruce Willis, who makes the thing move on.

-the script is based around an idea of characters who are clueless about what’s happening beyond their reduced control. We, spectators, also don’t know much about what’s going on, and part of the comedy exists in us finding out twists and unknown facts of the plot. I’ve seen recently a close construction, with a higher refinement, in the Coens’ ‘burn after reading’; still, it’s not very clever overall, it picks a theme which is very dear to me, a kind of detective story applied to comedy, but it doesn’t go beyond the limitations of a simple fun empty game;

-Bruce Willis is the second element. He is really great, an actor who makes the transition between the skills what the masses will appreciate in a ‘star’ and the material that builds great actors. He is always exploring new paths, he is not a genius, but he really has skills, and a good range. He has a natural comedy talent, and to my taste, he is much more effective than his peer Perry, who is much more mechanical and predictable (probably the effects of excessive exposure to television).

My opinion: 2/5

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