The Tall Guy Reviews
VERDICT: "High-Quality Stuff" - [Positive Reaction] This is a rating to a movie I view as very entertaining and well made, and definitely worth paying the full price at a theatre to see or own on DVD. It is not perfect, but it is definitely excellent. (Films that are rated 3.5 or 4 stars)
Jeff Goldblum is an American actor in London who is stuck playing second fiddle to Britain's comic darling, played by Rowan Atkinson. Unmotivated to break loose, he falls in love with a nurse (Emma Thompson), and builds up the courage to ask her out. When she says yes, his newfound confidence loses him his job, and he must find another acting gig. Written by Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral and TV's Black Adder), the story is standard boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-gets-girl-back fare, but there is a section that must be seen to be believed. Goldblum ends up landing the title role in a West End musical version of The Elephant Man. The film then proceeds to fling more than its share of mud into the face of Andrew Lloyd Webber with its rendition of Elephant! which includes songs like "He's Packing His Trunk" plus suit-clad elephants tap dancing below a disco ball. (Meow!) Reviews of this film dubbed newcomer Thompson "a Julie Andrews look-alike." Well, OK, maybe with the short hair, and if you squint a little. Her sassy spunk is the perfect counterpoint to Goldblum's laid-back non-acting style. Their over-the-top sex scene is outrageously fun; this film is a great date movie.