Be Kind Rewind

{3.5/5} “I didn’t sabotage the power plant. The power plant sabotaged me.”

Mr. Fletcher runs a video store, and when he goes away on a trip he leaves Mike in charge. Mike is doing his best to run the store but he’s shocked to find that all of the videos are blank. His not-so-sane friend Jerry was magnetized during an attempt to sabotage the power plant — it was Jerry that erased all the movies, although accidentally. What can they do? They recreate the movies themselves.

Be Kind Rewind was released in 2008.

I watched the beginning of The Long Kiss Goodnight — it was basically The Bourne Identity but less interesting, so I watched this instead.

This one starts a bit slowly but when they start recreating Ghostbusters it gets pretty funny. I expected it to stay funny but it didn’t really. There were some clever bits when they were recreating movies, such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, but some of them went by too fast.

You have to suspend your disbelief, but it has its own internal logic — in which all of the characters are crazy.

In addition to being about remaking movies it’s also about honouring a local jazz musician.

The movie is watchable but I expected it to be much better — it’s certainly not anywhere near as brilliant as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

The fun music is by Jean-Michel Bernard (The Science of Sleep).

Jack Black (School of Rock) plays Jerry and Mos Def (The Italian Job) plays Mike. Danny Glover (The Color Purple) plays Mr. Fletcher and Mia Farrow (Rosemary’s Baby) plays a customer. Melanie Diaz (Fruitvale Station) plays a random person they ask to be in their movie.

The movie was directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).

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