developers push for Mr Fletcher (Glover) to close his store, Mike (Def)
is left in charge while the elderly owner leaves town to visit his hero,
Fats Waller's memorial. Everything is going fine until his conspiracy-fuelled
friend Jerry (Black) becomes magnetised during his latest attempt to sabotage
the power company, who he believes is scrabbling his mind. But when Jerry
walks into the video store his newly acquired magnetism erases all the tapes.
Knowing that this will definitely finish the store, Mike becomes desperate
and agrees to Mike's crazy idea of remaking the films that Jerry erased
Michel Gondry made a real splash with 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless
Mind' but can his follow up show that he is the talent he has been labelled
a great director has graduated from producing adverts and music videos to
making feature films, Spike Jonze, David Fincher and Ridley Scott to name
but three and with 'Be Kind Rewind' Michel Gondry is starting to join them.
While 'Human Nature' was classed as a failure, his screen version of Charlie
Kaufman's most accessible screenplay made 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless
Mind' a critical and commercial hit and he followed that with the equally
quirky 'Science of Sleep' and 'Be Kind Rewind' follows that trend.
story of two friends from Passaic, New Jersey who become stars after remaking
Hollywood hits like 'Ghostbusters', 'Rush Hour 2', '2001: A Space Odyssey',
'King Kong' and 'Driving Miss Daisy' on their VHS camcorder and with a running
time of twenty minutes is one that will make you laugh, smile and leave
you with warm feeling in your heart. As Jerry and Mike remake the movies
in their own unique style, you cannot help but enjoy every moment of homage.
This does slightly distract from the story of saving the store but it does
this to complement the main story of re-igniting community spirit and this
is what makes the film so likeable.
a story like this you need a good cast to bring it to life and 'Be Kind
Rewind' has just that. Leading the line are Jack Black and Mos Def as Jerry
and Mike. Jerry might will be a little too similar to what we are used to
seeing Jack Black play, a mixture of Barry from 'High Fidelity' and JB,
his rock star persona from 'Tenacious D', but he makes Jerry instantly appealing
and likeable. The same can be said for Mos Def's Mike. This is a character
who is instantly likeable and one that shows again that the actor has a
real charm and talent for creating these types of characters. The supporting
cast is also very good. Danny Glover makes the move to light comedy with
ease, making Mr Fletcher both respectable and the man who business you would
want to save. Mia Farrow brings a little piece of class to the proceedings
as Miss Falewicz, Mr Fletcher's friend and the woman who is meant to keep
an eye on the boys and the store while he is away and Melonie Diaz continues
to make a real impression on Hollywood as Alma, the female star of Mike
and Jerry's movies.
'Be Kind Rewind' is a movie with heart. This is one of those feel good movies
that will stay with you long after the credits roll. While the quirkiness
of the piece might not appeal to everyone, fans of Michel Gondry, anyone
who loves a heart-warming story and film fans in general will adore this.
One thing is certain however, you will want to want to watch the full versions
of Mike and Jerry's movies.
The Blu-Ray disc presents the movie in High Definition wide screen 1:85
up to 1080p, with Dolby TrueHD 5.1 surround sound, while this is a movie
that doesn't cry out to be released in high definition but this is an excellent
(10.22 mins/High Definition)
Interviewing the people of Passaic, New Jersey, director Michel Gondry asks
them about the history of the city, the impact of the filming and getting
the people to act in his movie.
T & Michel Gondry (6.42 mins/High Definition)
Writer/director Michel Gondry and Danny Glover talk about Fats Waller and
his impact on the area and the great musician's music.
Jack and Mos Improvise Songs (4.59 mins/High Definition)
Jack Black and Mos Def make up new theme songs for 'King Kong', 'Superman',
'Carrie', 'Men in Black' and '2001: A Space Odyssey'.
conversation with Jack Black & Michael Gondry (6.03 mins/High Definition)
Jack Black interviews director Michel Gondry and then vice-versa, as the
pair chat about the movie and which movies they think have been sweded throughout
Making of 'Be Kind Rewind' (33.19 mins/High Definition)
Director Michel Gondry, director of photography Ellen Kurus an stars Jack
Black, Mos Def, Danny Glover and Kid Creole take you behind the scenes of
the Passaic shoot. The featurette looks at 'Sweding', filming them on original
VHS and how they made the Fats movie.
Previews of 'The Hottie and the Nottie', 'Jumper' and 'Meet the Spartans'
Blu-Ray treatment for 'Be Kind Rewind' is one that fans should enjoy. The
featurettes are very good, informative and funny with Michel Gondry producing
most of the bonus material. The only thing missing is a commentary, which
is a shame. Fans of the movie however should love this. Blu-Ray.
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