Cool Runnings Reviews
It's a very safe film, that wins a lot on it's cool story, but doesn't really score on it's execution. Some addons where probably made, some stuff was probably taken away and the result feel polished and something that aimes for younger audiences.
OK acting by the cast, but the originally planned casting was really something. Denzel Washington, Eddie Murphy and Wesley Snipes together with John Candy. Man, that could have been interesting!
5.5 out of 10 eggs.
There are definitely some cheesy moments in Cool Runnings. It makes a caricature out of some people, particularly Doug E. Doug?s character Sanka. Most of this is used for comedic purposes so that doesn?t really bother me. I could also see someone who is more critical taking issue with the fact that the film lacks subtlety. Most of what is said can be taken at face value, and there isn?t much nuance in the dialogue. Perhaps the most blatant example of this is when John Candy rants about all the responsibility that falls on the driver of the sled, including all the things he will do, and then later we actually see the driver doing these exact things as described. It makes the movie a little predictable, but I just don?t care. Because I connect with the characters and I?m emotionally moved by the climax of the film, I forgive most of its shortcomings. Cool Runnings is a great family film (if you don?t mind one swear word repeated a few times) because it has humor that should translate for all ages and it has a strong story that could impact anyone. If you haven?t seen it, I highly recommend you give it a shot.