“Mr. Brooks” isn’t a great movie. It might not even be a good one. But I have to admit, it sure is a lot of fun. Any film with (a) Dane Cook as a wannabe serial killer and (b) Demi Moore as a millionaire cop is going to be more than a little goofy, but that’s why “Mr. Brooks” is so insidiously enjoyable.
“Mr. Brooks” isn’t a great movie. It might not even be a good one. But I have to admit, it sure is a lot of fun.
Any film with (a) Dane Cook as a wannabe serial killer and (b) Demi Moore as a millionaire cop is going to be more than a little goofy, but that’s why “Mr. Brooks” is so insidiously enjoyable. Written and directed by Bruce A. Evans, the movie packs in so many oddball characters and out-of-left-field plot twists that you can’t help but admire it in a strange way. As silly as “Mr. Brooks” is, it’s never boring, and no matter how much you shake your head in disbelief, you can’t help but wonder what the heck is going to happen next.
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Kevin Costner plays Earl Brooks, a fine, upstanding citizen of Portland, Ore., who happens to be a serial killer. He’s not a bad guy, the movie takes pains to explain, he’s just addicted to killing people. (In one of the movie’s witty twists, Costner’s character tries to kick his murderous habit by attending a 12-step group.)
Trouble is, scratching that murderous itch isn’t the only problem Brooks has. A twitchy young guy (Cook) spotted him during a recent murder and now wants to tag along. A desperate detective (Moore) is hot on his trail. And his college-student daughter (Danielle Panabaker) has dropped out and announced she’s pregnant. What could be worse? Well, I don’t want to spoil any twists, but let’s just say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Carrying all this craziness on his shoulders is Costner, delivering a low-key performance as the only sensible person in the movie. As “Mr. Brooks” piles on more crazy elements (another serial killer, a hatcher murder, a divorce case), Costner just soldiers on, trying to keep his cool while his imaginary friend (William Hurt) tries to get him to kill a few more people.
“Mr. Brooks” is no “Seven” or “Silence of the Lambs,” but it’s fast-paced, looks great and — above all — is surprisingly entertaining. Just writing this review and rerunning it in my head made me realize it was even better than I first thought. Most movies are safe, sane and predictable. “Mr. Brooks” is none of those, God bless its screwy little heart.
If “Mr. Brooks” isn’t far-fetched enough for you, you might want to check out “Crazy Love.” The premise: Decades ago, a geeky guy is so obsessed with a beautiful young woman that he hires some thugs to throw acid in her face, blinding her. The twist: Years later, they fall in love and get married. The BIG twist: It really happened.
“Crazy Love” is the story of Burt Pugach and Linda Riss, a New York couple whose 50-year relationship ranks among the strangest on record. I’d never heard their story, but apparently it was quite the news sensation in the late ’50s and early ’60s. “Crazy Love” includes many of those lurid headlines, but the movie is mostly a collection of talking heads (Burt, Linda and their friends) telling the whole sordid, strangely touching story. It’s fascinating, and there’s a moral, too: The heart wants what the heart wants and nothing — absolutely nothing — is going to stop it.
Will Pfeifer writes about new DVDs on Tuesdays and older ones on Sundays. Contact him at 815-987-1244 or firstname.lastname@example.org.