Monday, April 8, 2013

John Dies At The End

Ah it's been a long time since I've had a good brain stretching.  I had a good clue to what I was in store for when the film started with a classic question of philosophy ("If you gradually replace a ship piece by piece until no original piece of the ship exists, then is it still the same ship), but applies the question to axes, monsters, and zombies ending with the zombie saying "That is the weapon you used to kill me with."  The narrator then asks, "Is he right?"

That's the sort of midnight, eating too much popcorn, brain bending that I love and this film just goes over board with it.  I first described it as "Ghostbusters on acid," but that's not fair since I've never been on acid so now it's "The illegal, imoral, unnatural love child of 'Phantasm,' 'Buckaroo Banzai,' and 'Ghostbusters.'"  I think that pretty much covers all bases and if that doesn't ping on your groove thang then don't buy a ticket of admission because you will be bewilldered, bebothered, and probably bebopped.

The story is about two dudes of moderate wit who take a drug called "soy sauce."  Or rather the drug took them.  Ever since things are not the same, the can see things others can't.  They can travel to other dimensions.  They can even tell how much change you have in your pockets.  They put their gifts to good use by taking out all the weird trash we don't see.  Monsters, and leeches, and ghosts, and things from other dimensions that you don't want to see.  Now one of the, the one that isn't John, is in a chinese restaurant telling his tale to a reporter.  Will he believe him?  Did John die at the end?
Watch and find out.

Pure and simple I love this film.  It is fun, it is thoughtful, and unlike "Holy Motors" it is a happily light weight. 

1 comment:

  1. Agreed. It is a great rush of a film with plenty of "What?!?!" moments. And your revised blend is very appropriate.