The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Majestyk is a multidimensional hero. He's socially conscious yet individualistic, half-smart and semi-tough, human enough to make mistakes and man enough to correct them.
Trashy action pic directed with a calm dispassion by Richard Fleischer.
A likable blend of bravado and villainy, with Bronson submitting his traditional thespian offering of deep squints, cynical chuckles, and reluctant heroism.
The violence isn't unmotivated, or generic. Fleischer and Leonard establish the setting and premise well enough that it's damn near tragic when Renda shoots up Majestyk's watermelon crop.
Thanks for the memories Mr. Charles Bronson.
An underrated Bronson vehicle with the strong, silent star at his most sympathetic.
Richard Fleischer's gritty, forceful action drama, concerning a Vietnam veteran named Vince Majestyk, a Colorado watermelon framer, played sensationally by the late great Charles Bronson, in one of his best roles, he is wronged by a irritating, weasel-like, unscrupulous labor racketeer, Bobby Kopas, superbly played by Paul Koslo, who tries to force him to hired a worthless crew of bums and vagrants to pick his melons, instead of using his Mexican migrant workers he employed. Kopas pulls a shotgun on Majestyk, and ends up getting the shit kick out of him, for which Majestyk is arrested for and sent to the city jail, there he encounters a notorious Mob hitman, Frank Renda, played terrifically by the late character actor Al Lettieri, in a tremendous scene-stealing performance, who is waiting to be transferred to prison for murder. When Renda's mob associates stage a daring breakout during his prison transfer on a bus with Majestyk, but then Majestyk seizes Renda, and tries to make a deal with the police to exchange him for his freedom, the ruthless Renda escapes and is now hellbent on killing Majestyk personally, what follows is a rapid action thriller filled with shootouts, exciting car chases, and bare-fisted brawls. Astute direction by Fleischer, with a wonderful tongue-in-cheek script by Elmore Leonard, and a superb score by Charles Bernstein. Highly Recommended.
How is it possible for a movie to be bad and "good" at the same time? Mr. Majestyk is bad -most of the scenarios are utterly unrealistic; impossible in real life. The mob, the police, just don't work the way that they do in this movie. On the other hand, Mr. Majestyk is good. Despite many flaws, Mr. Majestyk is well enough made and has interestingly portrayed stock characters with lots of action, and you want to keep watching to see what happens. The climax wasn't too incredible to believe. It works.. I dare say it could have been even more intricate and would have only been more effective. In the end, Charles Bronson is just plain fun to watch. Yes, it's true. Guys love Charles Bronson, and even this unrealistic movie is still tons o' fun.
While Mr. Majestyk wasn't the extravaganza of awesomeness I'd come to expect over the years, it was definitely a fun movie. Charles Bronson literally plays a tough as nails, down to earth melon farmer (and probably the reason that "melon farmer" is substituted for "motherfucker" whenever you watch an edited movie on TV) who calls them as he sees them and goes to war with a high-ranking mob hit man. Again, Mr. Majestyk isn't particularly great but where it lacks in story it makes up for in action and where it didn't age well. Bronson is great and the watermelon execution scene was pretty damn hysterical.
All he wanted to do was pick his melons, but it seems that everyone wants to stop him from accomplishing that goal. Charles Bronson is as good as he's ever been, raging a one man war on the police and the mafia. It is the movie that Walking Tall wishes it could be and in many ways it is one of the better 70s action movies.
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