When this film was first released, I think many will agree that it didn't really receive that much recognition. In a way it's a shock considering it contains one of the big comedy stars of the moment, but hey there you are. This is without a doubt one of the more kooky pictures by Black, and let's be honest he's been in some pretty bizarre movies not counting Pick of Destiny. His character, Jerry also seems to be completely insane with a certain level of sanity that is quite endearing in its own way.
Be Kind Rewind, although the title of the film is the name of an ancient VHS store, and like the VHS this store is pretty much dead. One problem with the VHS which has plagued it from its birth to its death is that when exposed to magnetism, everything disappears. This is the basis of the story for which the film revolves.
The store of Be Kind Rewind is close to a century old and is rumoured to be the birth place of famous Jazz musician Fats Waller. Mike (Mos Def) and his friend Jerry (Black) are left in charge of the store while the current owner Elroy (Danny Glover) goes to do some research into the competition. The store doesn't have long left as Elroy is left an Ultimatum that he needs to bring the building up to safety codes or it will be torn down to make room for a new condo. For whatever reason, Jerry being completely insane and all wants to raid a power station which leads to the electricity raiding Jerry making him magnetic. After that event Jerry returns to the video store and due to his new found magnetism he incidentally erases all the movies on the video. Much to Mikes dismay, Jerry recommends they shoot their own versions of the movie starting with Ghostbusters.
This film is as unusual as it sounds and has some really side rippingly hysterical moments. The movie remakes by the duo are something to be experienced and make you wish they would be released as a seperate entity to this film. Jack Black as always has the viewer (myself) roaring with laughter as he makes the illusion of him being a complete nut job entirely believable. Mos Def's character, it has to be said was nothing entirely special and I just found myself becoming annoyed by his presence on screen. The presence of Danny Glover gives this a feel of authenticity as it's a film in which the main stars find themselves recreating classic movies, and although they didn't remake any of the Lethal Weapon movies, it would have been fun if they did simply due to Danny Glover being a part of this picture.
Overall it's an hysterical piece which starts off as completely bizarre in every way, but turns into one of the more heart warming and genuine films of the year. Black does it again with the ability to make us both laugh and cry at the triumphant end to such a wonderful but under appreciated picture.
***1/2 out of **** "Be Kind Rewind" is what I believe to be an instant cult film. It hasn't got significant critical praise thus putting it off the map in terms of winning any awards (and awards always help, right?). I can understand why the style of Michel Gondry's film would bore people to tears, but then again what are cult films for, right? It is none the less a spectacular film, and in my opinion, it will get its audience one of these days. Someday, much like the superior … more
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