Breakfast of Champions Reviews

  • Jan 21, 2019

    After glimpsing potential in Rudolph's Trouble In Mind, I gave his adaptation of Vonnegut's 1973 novel a chance. Some nice touches at start which show a reverence for source, but film quickly becomes muddled. For example, in the novel, Celia Hoover is already dead by suicide. In the film, she appears to be only an apparition, but then maybe she really is still alive. Magical realism? Hallucination? Intentional ambiguity? Who knows and who cares? This film sets a manic, disjointed tone from the start and never lets up. Willis is OK as a well-groomed businessmen trying to hide his creeping insanity, and Glenne Headly as his receptionist/lover delivers a nicely restrained performance in what is otherwise an over-the-top ham fest, but a grumbly Albert Finney is miscast as Kilgore Trout and none of the characters exhibit more than a single dimension. The end radically departs from the novel with maudlin additions by the filmmaker. The sentiment fails to connect and almost all the jokes fall flat. Skip Breakfast.

    After glimpsing potential in Rudolph's Trouble In Mind, I gave his adaptation of Vonnegut's 1973 novel a chance. Some nice touches at start which show a reverence for source, but film quickly becomes muddled. For example, in the novel, Celia Hoover is already dead by suicide. In the film, she appears to be only an apparition, but then maybe she really is still alive. Magical realism? Hallucination? Intentional ambiguity? Who knows and who cares? This film sets a manic, disjointed tone from the start and never lets up. Willis is OK as a well-groomed businessmen trying to hide his creeping insanity, and Glenne Headly as his receptionist/lover delivers a nicely restrained performance in what is otherwise an over-the-top ham fest, but a grumbly Albert Finney is miscast as Kilgore Trout and none of the characters exhibit more than a single dimension. The end radically departs from the novel with maudlin additions by the filmmaker. The sentiment fails to connect and almost all the jokes fall flat. Skip Breakfast.

  • Oct 07, 2018

    Breakfast of Champions is one of those rare movies where reading the book ahead of time makes the movie more enjoyable. Without having the context in place, Breakfast of Champions understandably baffles the sort of moviegoer who thinks there's any sanctity in Bruce Willis's repertoire.

    Breakfast of Champions is one of those rare movies where reading the book ahead of time makes the movie more enjoyable. Without having the context in place, Breakfast of Champions understandably baffles the sort of moviegoer who thinks there's any sanctity in Bruce Willis's repertoire.

  • Sep 18, 2016

    This movie was one of the low points in Bruce Willis career without a doubt. This piece of cinema garbage from the guy who did die hard?? wow

    This movie was one of the low points in Bruce Willis career without a doubt. This piece of cinema garbage from the guy who did die hard?? wow

  • Jan 01, 2016

    The Material is top shelf from a master but the visual execution is messy wich makes it exhausting but always mesmerizing and really worth your time. If not, at least read the book.

    The Material is top shelf from a master but the visual execution is messy wich makes it exhausting but always mesmerizing and really worth your time. If not, at least read the book.

  • Oct 11, 2014

    I guess reading the actual novel makes y look at this movie differently, it does a good job of representing the book wich i find great because its not that easy a book to screenplay because of all the refrences to previous books by Vonnegut. For short not to mis if your a Vonnegut fan

    I guess reading the actual novel makes y look at this movie differently, it does a good job of representing the book wich i find great because its not that easy a book to screenplay because of all the refrences to previous books by Vonnegut. For short not to mis if your a Vonnegut fan

  • Sep 14, 2014

    A anos queria ver este filme, quando finalmente consigo assistir, não gostei. As atuações são fantásticas, mas o roteiro não consegue segurar absolutamente nada. Filmes loucos já vi um monte, fã de David Lynch e Gillian, mas loucura por loucura, faça bem feito, chega a ser tedioso passar mais de 15 minutos acordado vendo este filme. Devo ter assistido em 3 dias no todo. Chato demais.

    A anos queria ver este filme, quando finalmente consigo assistir, não gostei. As atuações são fantásticas, mas o roteiro não consegue segurar absolutamente nada. Filmes loucos já vi um monte, fã de David Lynch e Gillian, mas loucura por loucura, faça bem feito, chega a ser tedioso passar mais de 15 minutos acordado vendo este filme. Devo ter assistido em 3 dias no todo. Chato demais.

  • Feb 16, 2014

    Disjointed and unbearable!

    Disjointed and unbearable!

  • Nov 04, 2013

    Completely butchers the book and manages to take the context of the book almost completely out of tone.

    Completely butchers the book and manages to take the context of the book almost completely out of tone.

  • Aug 27, 2013

    Just watched this fiasco; everybody played their parts very well especially Nolte and Finney and Willis played the nut job well enough but I don't think any Kurt Vonnegut fan is going to like this film.

    Just watched this fiasco; everybody played their parts very well especially Nolte and Finney and Willis played the nut job well enough but I don't think any Kurt Vonnegut fan is going to like this film.

  • Aug 06, 2013

    Everyone involved here (the director, the writer, the cast) seems to have been tripping on acid during the making of this. Oddly, it's what's both stupid and slightly appealing about the movie.

    Everyone involved here (the director, the writer, the cast) seems to have been tripping on acid during the making of this. Oddly, it's what's both stupid and slightly appealing about the movie.