Great cop movies are always a pleasure.
Great buddy movies can be a lot of fun. Great comedies can be
funny. Great action movies can be exciting. Great.
Which of these is Hollywood Homicide? Great googily moogily
if the Masked Reviewer knows.
This is a cop/buddy movie with old hunk
perennial Harrison Ford and new hunk wannabe Josh Hartnett.
They're both very popular with the ladies. And, they both have
their charms. They practically ooze charm, in their own individual
way. You know they've got to be charming, if they can ooze
something and people still want to see them. Even if it is charm.
Let's start with the music. The opening rap is weak. The
Masked Reviewer is hesitant to criticize any rapper, especially after
what happened to Tupac, but then again, he seems to have sold even more
records since he was shot dead, so maybe that's the way to go. The
music is very B-movie light hip-hop. It sets a tone of mediocrity.
Unfortunately, the movie has trouble living up to the music.
Well, okay. It's hard to say that. Hollywood Homicide
isn't awful. It's just not good. That's not to say it's bad,
but it surely isn't great. Or good. It's just...confused.
First of all, what is Hollywood Homicide? The first few
previews that the Masked Reviewer saw for this film made it look like a
lighthearted comedy. But, the week before it opened, a new trailer
made it look like a hard hitting action-suspense-drama. "Okay,"
one might think to oneself, "that's just a marketing ploy." But,
even after seeing it, it's still hard to tell. And don't take that
to mean that it's both an action-suspense-drama and a
lighthearted-cop-buddy movie. It's neither.
The first two-thirds of the film are not particularly funny or
exciting. Or interesting. Things are happening, but it's
somewhat convoluted and slow paced. Harrison Ford and Josh
Hartnett both seem to be sort of interesting characters, but while
they're likeable, they're just sort of there. They're just
standing around, not doing anything particularly exciting or saying
anything particularly exciting. And that's rather impressive,
since they're on a murder investigation.
There are a few chuckles, mostly from Harrison Ford. He doesn't
get many comedic roles, and he is rather enjoyable to watch in his
comedic moments. Sometimes. Other times, he looks like he's
trying a bit too hard, and the Masked Reviewer thinks that the slapstick
shtick is best left to Leslie Nielsen and Jim Carrey. Harrison
Ford is his funniest when he can be subtle. He gets many of those
moments, but unfortunately a comedy doesn't leave people howling when
it's built on subtlety.
Harrison Ford might have been better able to flex his comedic muscle
if there had been a coherent script, rather than constant waffling
between suspense and comedy. The script was, in a word, totally
awful. Okay, that's two words. A point that you, faithful
reader, noticed right away. The screenwriter for Hollywood
Homicide (Ron Shelton) clearly would not have noticed.
Steve Urkel, Mork from Ork, and Larry King wouldn't have enough
suspenders for this much disbelief. Are there only 4 people in
L.A.? It sure seems like an awfully small world in Hollywood
Homicide, and that's not even the payoff to any joke!
The last third of the film has a few laughs, but absolutely nothing
memorable. The Masked Reviewer can't recommend the film, even
though the stars are likeable. Those of you who are looking
for a way to kill a couple of hours with a really light flick,
Hollywood Homicide is a mediocre time killer. If you're
looking for an interesting thriller, pass this by. If you're
looking for a hilarious comedy, this won't keep you in stitches.
If you are a huge fan of Harrison Ford or Josh Hartnett, you may be
able to look past its shortcomings, because you do get to see a lot of
both of them. It's good to see Harrison Ford stretching out, and
hopefully he'll get more chances at comedic roles.
It's falls way short of Running Scared for a cop-buddy
movie. It falls short of Bad Boys, too. That
is, Bad Boys, also. To find out if it falls short of Bad
Boys II too, tune in to the Masked Reviewer in the next few weeks.
Expectation from the Title: The story of the death of Kevin
Kostner (well, we can hope, can't we?)
Mother's Rule (Always Say Something Good About Everything):
Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett are cuter than two bugs in a rug.
The Pros: Harrison Ford and Josh Hartnett both have moments of
incomparable charm. There are a few relatively funny moments.
The Cons: Terrible, unbelievable, disjointed story.
Comedy or drama? Neither one.