There can be few better ways reminding oneself of the key elements in late 1990s left-of-centre Hollywood than watching Feeling Minnesota
. The film attempts to draw together most of the main themes from the post-Pulp Fiction
world into one whole. The story--young lovers Freddie and Jjacks (sic) on the run from a criminal past--is pure True Romance
, with an attempt to throw in a little Cohen brothers' style weirdness. It's not a bad film--how can any film that opens with a Johnny Cash tune not have some degree of style to it?--just one that misses that certain spark. The casting of Diaz and Reeves is hopelessly mismatched, the former's delightfully light touch during the film's many funny moments merely serving to heighten Reeves' clod hopping. He is slightly better when playing opposite brother and husband to Freddie Sam (Vincent D'Onofrio), but is unavoidably the film's weak link. It can't be denied that by pushing all the relevant buttons, Feeling Minnesota
manages to provide a couple of hours of reasonably engrossing entertainment but, like the Bob Dylan version of "Ring of Fire" that closes the film, the originals are still the best.
On the DVD: The de rigeur credible rock soundtrack is given extra sparkle by the DVD's audio quality, but the extras available are slight. The "making-of" featurette offers little more than one of those infuriating extended adverts that are passed off as film documentaries, while the cast interview section is presented in a series of a few second answers to a succession of uninspiring questions. --Phil Udell
Things have recently been getting complicated for Freddie (Cameron Diaz). Not only is she being forced to marry mob accountant Sam (Vincent D'Onofrio), but now, on the eve of the wedding, she's gone and fallen in love with his brother Jjaks (Keanu Reeves). Freddie and Jjaks decide to elope, but Sam gives chase, using money he has stolen from his employers to pursue them across the country.