Rewind: Last Action Hero (1993)

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Rewind: Last Action Hero (1993) says
A flop on original release (somebody got the bright idea to program it against Jurassic Park), Last Action Hero was the first piece of evidence that Arnold Schwarzenegger was in on the joke of himself. It’s a parody of the big-budget action-hero blockbusters that were dominating the movie landscape at the time, using the classic trope of a film-within-a-film – a kid is drawn magically into a movie and tries to convince his biggest hero, the guns-blazing Jack Slater, of his own nature as a fictional character while he’s busy taking down a drug kingpin. At its heart it’s a loving tease about the magic of cinema. But consider: this is the Schwarzenegger movie that came out after Terminator 2, with Arnold at peak, self-serious stardom. Is it possible that Arnold started making fun of himself too early, before most people knew he knew it was funny? The weird thing is Arnold seems way more comfortable making fun of himself than being himself. He’s at his absolute best here, and the movie is genuinely funny as a satire of action clichés, full of sharp writing and winking casting – in a lot of ways the ‘90s were rich with broad action-satire … but that’s a take for a different time. Come jump through the screen with us and Last Action Hero.

2h 10m / PG-13 / Action-Adventure
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By: Tampa Theatre

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