Fandango – 3 out of 5
I never heard of this 1985 film from Kevin Reynolds until my college roommate told me about it. He told me the film is a classic example of 80s filmmaking and, while not the best film in the world, was still pretty good. You know what? He’s right. Review over!
Ha ha, just screwing with ya! Let’s get to that synopsis part…
|But first, enjoy this male nudity.|
|The movie is basically a tamer, 80s-ier version of The Hangover.|
|"Yeah, they're sending me to Vietnam...I'm stationed with|
a guy named Gump or something."
Based on a short film, this movie acted as the directorial debut of Kevin Reynolds. With the help of Steven Spielberg, Reynolds went on to make this film but, mysteriously, Spielberg wasn’t happy with the final result and took his name off it. After watching it, I’m not sure what aspect of the film Spielberg was disappointed in but I’m quickly reminded that the director of Jaws and E.T. is human and has his flaws…I mean, this guy DID do A.I.—so, he’s capable of making mistakes.
|The character of Dorman may be the gentle giant type but the neck beard|
doesn't help his case.
Fandango won’t go on to be a movie I’ll end up watching a lot in my life but will be one of those movies I’m surprised I didn’t find out about sooner. While the film isn’t uproariously hilarious, it still is really freaking funny and, in my opinion, Kevin Costner really stole the film and was the funniest one in the show. His confrontations with Judd Nelson over their trip just plain made the movie.
|"Hey Nelson, does Barry Manilow know you raid his wardrobe?"|
|"Wait, there's an anvil in here! Damn you, Bugs!!!"|
|"Is that...Superman? Why's he flipping us off?"|
Fandango is amusing, has a great cast, proves to be a great first feature length outing for director Kevin Reynolds (he would go on to direct Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Waterworld, The Count of Monte Cristo and Hatfields & McCoys--along the way showing he really, really likes using Costner in his projects) and delivers some heart in its story. It may not be the most memorable film from an era that gave us the worst fashions some people are trying to bring back but it’s still an entertaining movie.
|And then the movie ended with Simple Minds playing and Judd Nelson pumping|
his fist in the air while walking into the sunset.