Tuesday, January 3, 2012
CLASSICS OF CRAP: VOLUME 18-Last Action Hero
Hey guys and welcome back to Classics of Crap, where we shine a spotlight on cinema's greatest mistakes. Last Action Hero was a 1993 misfire that must have sounded GREAT on paper. It had the biggest action star in the world in a tongue in cheek action movie that was aware of all the clichés of said action movies. It paired Arnold with a kid, (it worked great in T2), and was loaded with celebrity cameos. Well, as history has shown, it was a dismal failure, due in no small part opening against Jurassic Park. But more than that, it showed that perhaps audiences weren't ready for a "meta" movie just yet. Scream, opening a few years later, was another movie that showed the characters in the film to be aware of movie clichés, but Scream still stood well just as a horror movie, even if you weren't already a fan of the genre. Last Action Hero just laid there, to in-jokey to be really funny to anyone but movie nerds, and not enough real action to satisfy action fans. With the exception of the always excellent Charles Dance as the villain, this movie has been relegated to the bottom of the $5 bin at your local Walmart. Plus, Austin O'Brian is the most annoying kid actor since Jake Lloyd.