My Name is Bruce Review
Written by: BlackTequilaKiss
‘You don’t know fear, kid. You’ve never worked with Sam Raimi.’, this is pure Cheese gold. Now y'all know I love my Bruce and I went into this unsure wherever it would be to my taste. Oh it was. This was a joy from beginning to end. Able to mock itself and not take anything seriously it was either laugh out loud funny or even rather tender.
Bruce is not just a Cult hero but my all time hero! Able to play a fictional persona of himself and do it so well shows how good an actor he can be. This movie was his from the moment it started, pure joy!
"Bruce Campbell is the greatest actor of his generation!", never have truer words been said and it was a laugh out loud moment that still stands strong now.
The plotline goes as such: B Movie legend, Bruce Campbell is mistaken for his character Ash from the Evil Dead trilogy by a devoted fan. Fearing for his town's safety, the fan kidnaps Bruce and forces him into a position where he must fight a real life monster in the small town of Gold Lick.
To love this movie you really do have to love Campbell as the whole film is hinged more so on his performance. For my money? I love the guy. Playing the B Movie cheese to top draw, he acts the part well in a movie and is a fantastic send up of himself. Only ever Bruce.
It is satirical, over the top and even a lil creepy in parts. My Name is Bruce is pure golden and a movie worth the time and effort.
Cast & Characters
I won't get into a long winded post and just name check the few that grabbed my attention.
Firstly Ted Raimi as Mills Toddner / Wing / Sign Painter- Three different characters and one guy playing every role. This man is insane! He was fantastic as Mills, Bruce's agent, and credit where it is due he played the other roles just as well. It was quite fantastic when Guan-di (the monster) takes out the sign painter he plays. But to play three separate roles is an achievement, kudos to Ted for that!
Taylor Sharpe (Jeff): Playing the kid who unleashed the monster he was quite a good little actor. A Bruce Campbell devoted fan, he plays the teenager counterpart very well. Over the top? of course but in keeping with the movie? Oh yes. He did an admirable job and for that I have nothing but respect.
Ok, here goes...
Bruce is the Man!!! I had to say it :) I love The Evil Dead films, love Army of Darkness and adore Bubba Ho-Tep. This man has made me passionate as hell about his movies and for that I am so glad. He is the cheese spread on the toast and he plays it so well. The one-liners, the jokes, all there and all Bruce Campbell incorporated. He was the star of this movie without question!
The Extra Love --
Music: Stupid, over the top, everything that is cheese is encompassed in the music. Need I say anything else? lol, not really. Guan-di (the monster) is so over the top, insane but so funny. Protector of Bean Curd? I am sorry but that was priceless! The glowing eyes, the way he moved that weapon were just so cheesy but yet looked fantastic for the movie.
I have to admit I admired the camera and cinematography. For an obviously low budget film it was a wonderful grace. The camera shots/ angles were done to great execution and the cinematography was superb. It captured little details in essence and really caught the entire tone of the movie, it really was great for such a movie. Excellent.
In terms of gore it really is minimal and of course insane! Heads chopped off. Heads split in half. You can't make this stuff up! Considering this is a made for Bruce movie for Bruce lovers, the gore is going to as silly as ever and it is but it does look beautiful, just beautiful.
I really have nothing left to say. This is a movie for Bruce Campbell lovers. If you don't love him you will not like this and the humour will be lost on you. If you haven't watched many films of his, the concept will seem hacked and stupid which to be honest it is but with Campbell it works all kinds of good.
If however you love your Campbell, you adore the cheesiness then rent this movie and you will be in B Movie paradise. Funny, strange and insane this is a must! Pure fantastic! & Oh yeah go and grab that popcorn!
Mwah! In the words of Campbell:
Bruce Campbell: Next time you unleash an ancient demon, call that Buffy chick. Joy of joys! :D