Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Movie 6 Review: Looney Tunes: Back in Action
"Looney Tunes: Back in Action" is a very Paint-By-Numbers Cartoons meets The Real World film. It's not charming like "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" or silly fun like "Space Jam", but very "meh".
The Movie is a reward for Daffy Duck for having the crap knocked out of him for years, so he's the Star of the movie while Bugs Bunny plays the minor role (Daffy & Bugs as well as Sylvester, Beaky Buzzard, & Mama Bear are voiced by Joe Alaskey). Daffy gets fired from Warner Bros by the new VP of Comedy Kate Houghton (Played by Jenna Elfman) for not bringing in enough revenue to match Bugs' overall worth to the company (Not realizing that Bugs' likability is from playing off another character like Daffy, Elmer or Sam). Meanwhile (At the Legion of Doom), the underutilized Brendan Fraser plays DJ Drake, a Stuntman who wants to be in movies like his Father Damien Drake (Played by Timothy Dalton). Turns out though that Damien is a Secret Agent for Area 52 and is captured by the Acme Corporation (Ran by "The Chairman" played by Steve Martin, who almost breaks his back a couple times), so it's up to DJ to save him with Daffy tagging along since he doesn't have a job anymore.
The pull every joke out of the box for this movie, almost to the point of saying "Hey, we're trying to be a funny movie here. Are you laughing yet?". It's nice to see Daffy get a starring role, but it's unfortunate that it's in a vanilla movie. Shaggy & Scooby make a cameo which was funny and Bill Goldberg ends up playing a Tasmanian She-Devil (Yeah, it's a spoiler, but it's not that great a movie to worry about spoiling anyway).
The film's only notability is that it's Composer Jerry Goldsmith's last film. He had previously done a lot of Television & Film Scores like The Twlight Zone, In Like Flint, Alien, The Secret of NIMH, The Original Rambo Trilogy, Hoosiers, Rudy, & Mulan. Unfortunately, this Film's Score isn't that memorable.
It's not the worst film ever made, but it's not great either.
Tack Angel: 279