The plot is more convoluted than a
Jesuit’s moral conscience, but even if you can’t
follow it you’ll still enjoy the show, because
of the humour and one-liners present in every scene.
Travolta, the man with a better line in resurrections
than Jesus Christ, is outstanding in his portrayal of
the cool, slick Chilli, and his Golden Globe award for
Best Actor is thoroughly deserved. There’s a marvellous
scene where Travolta tries to teach Danny De Vito ,
who plays a vulgarian actor (see how the thin line between
illusion and reality begins to blur!), how to act like
a gangster. An actor playing a gangster playing a producer
shows an actor playing an actor how to play a gangster.
Incidentally, DeVito also produced this film: how’s
that for even more doublespin.
Rene Russo is great as the female lead, an actress naturally,
and Sonnenfeld perfectly captures Leonard’s eccentric
sense of humour. Get Shorty is the best movie about
movies since Altman’s The Player, which was in
turn the best movie about movies since Truffaut’s
La Nuit American (Day For Night). A must see, as they
say in the business.
First published in The Big Issues