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Blast From The Past , a trip down memory lane
Once I remembered the name of the film that I had seen years ago , I decided to get a copy . Quite funny really , Things change so fast , A good film and well made , funny , but with an ethical message , But like me , it looks quite old and dated !!!!! Tom and Melanie look so young , and Bruce has hair .A great Film fan movie , but not one to pick off the shelf . I think its selective viewing , and like me one you would be LOOKING FOR I would recommend ...Because I like it
A so so film..
Bonfire of the Vanities was panned by the critics. Despite having Tom hanks, and Bruce Willis, it just somehow misses that perfect spot. It is good mindless entertainment, but nothing special. My partner enjoyed it.
Bonfire of the Vanities, a piling-up of problems
I liked the era of the film, the setting in New York was pretty powerful. The main character is quite innocent and over-ruled in a lot of ways by a powerful, seductive minx. When the 'accident' happens, you have to feel a certain sympathy for the main character. He is being down-trodden and manipulated by his co-star. It is good to see how triumph prevails, and although there is a lot of injustices on the lady's part, he wins in the end! A well directed movie, the cast was brilliant.
Deserves a better pitch.
The back cover for the DVD calls this movie "hilarious" and "the quintessential story of the go-for-it '80s." In truth, it is neither. The Bonfire of the Vanities is, however, funny in parts, poignant in parts, and entertaining throughout. The protagonist is Sherman McCoy, a man whose one fatal flaw (an affair we know of from the beginning) leads to the downfall from his envious position as a "Master of the Universe." Tom Hanks gives an excellent performance and shows real emotion in bringing this highly plausible character to life. Unfortunately, his character is the only one with enough depth to be realistic. Even Morgan Freeman's Judge White, representing a refreshing dose of intelligence and honesty in the film, is perhaps too good to be believed. All of the other characters are mere caricatures, appearing too greedy, too pretentious, too self-absorbed, or too flighty to be believed. Bruce Willis might have made himself an exception as well, but I feel he simply lacked enough screen time to flesh out the different faces he had to show. Nevertheless the story is very well told. If the other characters appear less than convincing, accept them as colorful background for McCoy, who is the real focus anyway. There are numerous laughs, and the other characters represent elements that are definitely present in society - even if not to the extent shown here. Wolfe's story is entertaining enough to make this movie worth seeing. And it might even make you think twice about the names you see next time you open a newspaper.Read full review