Grosse Pointe Blank

September 27th, 2007 by exolstice

Grosse Pointe blank

Yet another movie that I waited way too long to see. When was this released, ten years ago already? Well I’ve made amends now. Interestingly enough, the movie tells the story of a hired killer (played by John “Class Act” Cusack) who returns to his hometown for the first time in ten years for his high school reunion and for a contract. He uses this opportunity to make amends with the girl he stood up at the prom (played by Minnie “What the Hell Happened to Her” Driver). All the while, he’s being hounded by competing assassins and NSA agents. Did I mention this movie is a romantic comedy?

If the concept sounds absurd, that’s because it is, even a little surreal at times. There aren’t many actors who could make something like this work, but thankfully Cusack is one of them. He brings a down-to-earth believability to every film he’s in, even when the stories stretch the limits of real-world credibility, which is necessary When your film has subplots about a veteran assassin (played by the delightful Dan “What the Hell Happened to Him” Akroyd) trying to start a union. Cusack also has a deadpan comedic style which fits the tone of the film perfectly.

Another thing I enjoyed about this movie was the soundtrack (produced by the late Joe Strummer) and featuring a slew of 80’s hits and contemporary alternative artists (at least for the time). However the tunes, while great, aren’t used as effectively as in Cusack’s other music-oriented film High Fidelity, they feel more tacked-on at times.

Finally, if you’re expecting a laugh-out-loud comedy, I suggest you look elsewhere. The humor in this film is generally more subtle. While I found myself smiling for much of its duration, I rarely laughed out loud. I wasn’t expecting to, so my enjoyment of the film wasn’t really affected.

***½

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