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Drop Dead Sexy (2005)
Funny and Odd
This is a great little find.
I'll admit that the only reason I watched the film is for Crispin Glover, and he doesn't disappoint! What I thought, at first, was a cheesy southern accent, turned out to be quite consistent and very believable. His low-key performance, coupled with spot-on dialogue, made this one of his best roles to date! People tend to forget that he's got great comedic timing.
Jason Lee and Pruitt Taylor Vince were also enjoyable, but the character of Tiny stole the show near the end for me. His awkward scene with Crispin's character Eddie in th back of the car...let's just say no wonder Eddie needed a drink after that.
Fun flick with good writing and wonderful performances that had me giggling all the way through.
Good Film, Great Performance
Before you let the advertising fool you, understand that "Willard" isn't exactly your normal horror flick. I know that the marketing people tried to put all the scary bits into the trailer and such, but I urge you to reconsider your views on it.
The movie itself is more of an in-depth character study. It follows the events that lead one man into the pits of insanity, taking you along for the ride. Forget "Psycho," (Which was an awesome film in its own right) though the movie does have Norman Bates/Hitchcock elements. We're taken from lonely, shy, and sad, to hollering, glaring, weeping, and finally, silent. Only one man was tailor-made for this role...and that man was Mr. Glover.
Through every blink, every wide-eyed stare, the audience is drawn into the character. We believe in his connection with the rats, and marvel at his ability to train them. And when he gets even with Mr. Martin, we celebrate.
And I loved the undoubted sexual frustration that Willard is feeling. It's more apparent in one of the deleted scenes on the DVD. But the writer didn't succumb to this frustration; he let it build.
All of this combines to form one of the greatest character movies I have ever seen, and probably will ever see. I must say that this is one movie I will not soon forget...