Blind Date (1987) Jan 12, 2018 13:12:43 GMT
Post by stefancrosscoe on Jan 12, 2018 13:12:43 GMT
"A date with her is every man's dream come true. And with dreams like her - who needs nightmares?"
The workaholic bachelor Walter Davis (Bruce Willis) finally gives in and decides to take up on his sleazy brother Ted's (Phil Hartman) offer, by going out on a blind with the beautiful Nadia (Kim Basinger. But the seemingly shy date of his are about to be turned into an unpredcitable volcano that is just about ready to erupt after a few drinks, and now poor Walter is suddenly thrown into a wild and dangerous rollercoaster of a night, and one where not only his career and life is on the line but he now also has to act as both a gentleman and bodyguard for the lovely Nadia, as it seems that danger have a way of following the odd couple wherever they go.
Alright, so we are not exactly talking about a romantic classic here, however I do have a soft spot for this little movie, and while it is probably most known as one of Bruce Willis "lesser" films, it was the start of his career as a leading man, and while only a year later his big break came along in the role of Detective John McClane, I thought he handled himself rather well against Kim Basinger and all the crazy stuff that went on in Blind Date.
The film seemed to continue on where the romantic screwball scenario of the 30s and 40s left, but now all wrapped up in a more modern 1980s themed surroundings where often a straight, "boring" man in his 30s would soon find himself caught upon a great adventure when having meet up with a far more eccentric and outgoing female.
This theme seemed to work well for films such as Into the Night (1985), Something Wild (1986) and soon also Madonna wanted in on the action with Who's That Girl (1987) and you also had Married With The Mob (1988) along with movies such as Mannequin (1987) and Overboard (1987) who also enjoyed the success of the screwball genre's revival, though some of them seemed to switch the roles a bit.
Ayway, Blind Date might not be among the top of the crop however it is enjoyable if one like this kind of movies, or as with me have always had a huge crush on Kim Basinger who might be a bit, annoying here but I can think of a lot worse romantic films to watch than this.
It was directed by the legendary Blake Edwards and while surely not among his finest hour, it was far away of the worst he did, specially during the 80s that is.
There is some really funny stuff going on too, and I have always enjoyed the ridiculous James Brown screams often used as an sound effect in several of Emilio Estevez 80s and early 90s films, but the very thought of having the legendary musicians voice used as an car alarm is hilarious and this scene right at the opening gets me everytime: "AAAAUUUUHHH-AAAAAAAUUUUH-AAAAAUUUHHH-AAAAAUUUUUH"