Review : Last Action Hero (1993/PG-13)

If there ever was a textbook case for bad release date, this is the film. So right off the bat it opened one week after Jurassic Park (honestly we think The Lost World was better) and it was on fast track in post production. First off the release date should have been July 16th, 1993. That was a month after Jurassic Park and July 1993 was light on action/comedy films. This would have alowed for cleaner and more relaxed post production and still avoided what would have back then be the August dumping ground (that’s now January – April.) But beyond a bad release date why does this film get a bum wrap? We think this film was ahead of its time for 1993, it was to inside jokes and to meta. Now thanks to the Internet and critic/comedians this movie is basically a commentary on every late 80s early 90s action film. Yes the plot is cheesey and hackneyed but what action film plot of that era wasn’t? The kid transported into the movie is basically able to know what’s comming because even more today movies and to a greater extent hour long TV dramas all follow the same tired formula. The switch to the real world at the end is the perfect juxtaposition to how corny and cliched the movie world is. Bottom line this isn’t greatest film ever made but it’s a great commentary on action films of the era.

On a scale of 1.0 to 5.9 it got a 4.8 out of 5.9

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