Jack the Bear Reviews
now danny devito is brilliant and its a pretty decent filkm if it was just kept to having a dad who clearly is dipresses becuase of the loss of his wife so he turns to drink so the elder brother then fills as though hes got a lot o his shoulders as he has to look after the house and his brother whilst trying to convince his dad it will get better and tey can move on and be a happy familar now that would have beeen a really good heart warmiong movie with a pretty decent storyline but they bring in a caracter which is played by gary sinise who is a veteran and a bit of a weirdo who is a racist and clearly has issues and his character is just so pointless and makes the storyline so much more confusing as your thinkning well wht did e have to do with it all! so its watchable but really should have been better
there are so many external events in life that you cannot control.
Even with the flaws of the story and script, Danny DeVito turns in one of the best performances of his career. Instead of being the dirty little hard drinking scumbag he became known from his Taxi days, he is a likable dad character just trying to get by with his two sons after losing his wife in an automobile accident.
Favorite scene: Jack (Robert J. Steinmiller Jr.) sneaking up to his father bedroom to watch his dad's late night horror show.
Directed by Marshall Herskovitz.
Written by Steven Zaillian.
Rated [b]PG-13[/b] (for mature thematic elements, some violence and brief strong language).
Running time approximately 1 hour 39 minutes.
Danny DeVito shows a softer, less manic side in [i]Jack the Bear[/i] delivering one of his very best, most heartfelt performances. Sure, the story is purely conventional (the mother, having died, always in mind as the father, an alcoholic, takes care of the two devastated sons), but I found it to be truly effective. If there's any way you can go the last five minutes without shedding a tear, I applaud you (actually, I'd call you an insensitive little jerk, but that's okay). This is a good film; one that could have been great. [b]*** (out of ****) B[/b]
It's about a family coming to terms with the reality of their lives. Imperfect as it is, wrong decisions and all. This was a movie was originally intended to star Jack Nicholson, but due to a scheduling conflict, it was never meant to be.
Remarkable performances from the young cast : Meko Huges, and Robert Steinmeiller. Danny Devito is terrific! He plays a complicate man who has to almost lose everything before he realizes, whats important. The subject matter is a bit of a downer, but its that much more inspiring in the final third act. Pay close attention to the James Horner music score, it is really a classic!