Friday, December 30, 2022

Last Looks / Waldo (2021)

Of all the things Mel Gibson has done to trash his reputation over the past decade or so, this performance might just be the one that does the trick. 

In a movie in which almost all the leads are acting in an accent that is not their own, Mel's British luvvie is the stand-out. It's as if he prepared by watching a show-reel of our finest mid-twentieth century thesps (Olivier, Richardson, Burton, Guinness, Gielgud et al.) and still ended up in the Don Cheadle zone. 

Other than that, this is a likeable bit of noirish fluff set in Hollywood and a place a short bus ride away where one can live comfortably with 100 possessions. 

If not a career reboot for Gibson, it could well be for Hunnan.


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