FROM RLJE FILMS
Review by Tiger the Terrible😺
Charlie Waldo is the main character in a series of comic noir novels by Howard Michael Gould. Though I haven’t read any of them, the author also wrote the screenplay for Last Looks - based on the first book - so I’m assuming this film is a fairly faithful adaptation. If that’s the case, I’ll have to check out more of his work because he’s quite adept at creating quirky, interesting characters.
Charlie Hunnam plays Waldo, a disgraced ex-cop now living as a recluse in a trailer in the middle of nowhere. Amusingly, he insists on only keeping 100 possessions at any time (which also includes a chicken). When an old flame arrives asking for help with a case, he initially refuses…at least until some thugs come by later, beat him up and warn him not to get involved.
|A hairy situation.|
I’m listing off most of the supporting players because, like such films as Get Shorty, this one is driven more by its characters than the plot. Most of them - including the antagonists - are pretty amusing, sometimes even upstaging Waldo. As if channeling the late, great Peter O’Toole in My Favorite Year, Gibson hasn’t been this engaging in a long time. However, as a tough-talking dealer with a hidden creative side, Scipio steals every scene he’s in.
Maybe a little too laid-back at times - with a plot that’s ultimately superfluous - Last Looks is still very enjoyable. Gould and Director Tim Kirkby have created a charming homage to film noir and infused it with an offbeat sense of humor. Though not always laugh-out-loud funny, it’s consistently witty and features characters who might be worth revisiting from time to time.
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