THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? (1988)

 
This was one of those films that just popped up on one of my movie channels and I was not intending to watch it again.  I just figured “Oh, I’ll just watch the opening cartoon.”   And then “oh, I’ll just wait and see Bob Hoskins’ first scene” and then “I’ll hang in til we get to Toon Town” and then before you know it, I’m watching the closing credits and saying “what just happened here?”  What happened is that Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a superb film in every way, from the story, direction by Robert Zemeckis, idea and execution of bringing together almost every animated cartoon character from multiple companies (no way was that easy) and the performance by Hoskins, who had to straddle the line between broad comedy (often doing his action with characters drawn in later) and some genuine emotions to make a complete character, private eye Eddie Valiant, a down on his luck guy who’s asked to help studio cartoon star Roger Rabbit (voice of Charles Fleischer, who’s teriffic), being framed for a murder he didn’t commit.  But a toon killed Eddie’s brother so he’s not exactly the best choice.  Christopher Lloyd makes an excellent bad guy, the voyage to Toon Town has become one of those great moments in movie history, especially when Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse – together! – are parachuting off a building with Eddie (who doesn’t happen to have a chute!).  This movie also doesn’t date because it was done as a period piece – set in the 1940s, and the cartoon characters are drawn as they appeared then. It’s just a darn good movie – and I haven’t even mentioned the gorgeous Jessica Rabbitt (voice of Kathleen Turner) yet! If you haven’t watched this “cartoon noir,’ as director Zemeckis called it, in a while, it might be time to take a look and enjoy it again.  It holds up.

 

TLA one-word review: fun