Monday, August 27, 2012
Bill Murray director, three words that are only seen in the credits of this movie and no other movie to date. Co-directed with Howard Franklin and starring Bill Murray, Geena Davis, Randy Quaid, and the late Jason Robards, with all these great actors at their peak this is still a rather unknown movie. Written by Howard Franklin based of the book by Jay Cronley, it is literally an escape movie throughout. Originally Jonathan Demme was tapped to direct but became unavauilable, then Bill approached Ron Howard but he turned it down. It was a movie that nobody wanted to touch except Bill.
Bill Murray plays an everyman character that decides he wants out of New York City and decides to rob a bank. Geena Davis and Randy Quaid are his accomplishes and for the first fifteen minutes everything seems to be going right, until one mistakes barrel rolls into a series of slowly bigger mistakes as they try to get to the airport before they are caught. Jason Robards plays the Chief of Police and almost ready to retire, he does not want the clown to be his last case. It's a race against time and the city for both men.
This is by far one of my favorite Bill Murray performances in any movie; he is at his most perfect comedic self. This is probably his most underrated movie of his career. Everyone is really great in this movie and Jason Robards is pitch perfect in his roll and plays it with conviction. I love the use of New York City as its own living character trying to not let anyone out of its grasps. From the first time Stanly Tucci and Tony Scalhoub are on screen together to the great homage to A Street Car Named Desire with the flower lady. I watch this movie whenever it is on and after twelve years it still makes me laugh.
Rating - Four Stars out of Five
Stephen J. Operach