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So you can probably guess what happens in Michel Gondry's fourth movie, and his first foray into all-out comedy. It has some plot holes and a rather bizarre premise, but there's a warm, funny little heart buried in the kooky antics and wild remakes of every movie from "Ghostbusters" to "Lord of the Rings."
Be Kind Rewind is an ancient video store, and supposedly the birthplace of unknown jazz legend Fats Waller. It's also due to be razed for a new block of condos -- so store owner Mr. Fletcher (Danny Glover) goes on a scouting trip for a week, leaving his conscientious clerk Mike (Mos Def) in charge.
Unfortunately local weirdo Jerry (Jack Black) tries to destroy a local power plant, because he believes it's controlling his brain. Instead he gets fried, and his body becomes a walking electromagnet -- which they only discover after he's wandered through the store, erasing all the old tapes. Even worse, a regular customer (Mia Farrow) wants "Ghostbusters" by that evening.
So Mike and Jerry hurriedly shoot their OWN version of the movie, with the help of Alma (Melonie Diaz) and soon they find that their "Sweded" movies have a growing fanbase, and they are town celebrities. But the demolition deadline is approaching, and Hollywood lawyers are threatening them for copyright infringement -- will the town's new devotion to these quirky "Sweding" moviemakers help them stay.
Michel Gondry's movies are always set in "real life," but with a few drops of the unreal -- memory erasure, waking surrealist dreams, that kind of thing.Read more ›
version of the ghostbusters theme song! Realy tickles me. The idea of the story is eccentric and unrealistic but realy charming. 2 hapless video store guys remaking hollywood classics on a camcorder and then the local people actualy loving them!! Bit far fetched but thats what makes it great. Quirky fun and a bargain at 3quid!!
to be a very low budget film is great what to see what they have achieved though.
I like very much the plot, about making your own movies tailored to your own needs ,may sound
idiotic but is funny to watch and perhaps If developed more could have been a great classic movie.
"A 'Batteries Not Included' remake, but instead of flying robots this time the community is saved by youtube videos!"
Just like the home made content on Youtube, this film veers from the brilliant and ingenius to underwhelming to down right crass. But over the course of the whole movie there was enough of the good stuff to ensure I enjoyed my self and to make me feel like watching it again.
What works are the excellent 'home made' parodies of block buster movies and the final fictional documentary film.
What doesn't work is the plot. It makes very little sense and leaves some big unanswered questions; what exactly is the relationship between Mos Def and Danny Glovers character? And the guy who runs the other DVD store, is he related to them too? Why has his wife thrown him out? What the heck are those stupid micro chips stuck on the VHS tapes about? Do they save the store in the end or not? Does the romantic interest ever go anywhere?
This movie asks the audience to be a little too forgiving of its' incoherent plot. But it's the home made videos that are the reason to see it and they do not disappoint.
When dealing with media transformations the hot topic of the last few years has been Blu-Ray. After a long battle Blu-Ray has become the most accustomed form of high definition viewing for TV and film entertainment and with this now established end, we are reminded here of where the magic of home entertainment began, with VHS.
Starting off with petty preaching vandalism and a poor showing from the two leads Def and Black, we have a basic storyline of two guys struggling growing up with boring lives in a boring neighbourhood.
Though the inclination to fast forward or turn off may be tempting it is worth staying on as once Black gets `magnetized' in a ridiculous sabotage attempt does the plot pick up. We have friction built up between the characters as they try to find solutions to the blank videos and once the concept of making their own versions of the listed films crops up does the comedy and interest really kick up a gear.
The parodies of classics such as Ghostbusters and 2001: A Space Odyssey generates the most laughs. The costume designs and set pieces for these mimics are as wonderful as the dialogue. If worried about revealing spoilers for parodied films you need not worry as none are given other than The Lion King. To understand the point of the parody seeing the targets would make for better understanding as with Ghostbusters but this isn't necessary as the concept of copying and the fun they have doing it should entertain throughout.Read more ›
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