Bernie [FQ13 Review 12]

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If an insufferable bitch who repels all the goodness from her life, what happens when she dies and the nicest guy in town is suspected of murdering her?

Bernie

Why I Saw It: It’s not every day that Jack Black gets heavily praised for his acting, so when I heard great things about what he did in this film, I was inclined to give it a watch. When I found it on Netflix Instant and didn’t have to pay to view it, all the more reason to spend part of an afternoon checking it out.

What Was It About?  “In small-town Texas, the local mortician strikes up a friendship with a ill-natured, wealthy widow. This real-life story focuses on what happens when she disappears.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

Memorable Performances: This was absolutely the best work I’ve seen from Jack Black, and he deserves all the praise he’s had from this role. Matthew McConaughey probably didn’t get enough praise for what he did in this film. I’ll probably also best remember this role for Shirley MacLaine, though that’s probably just based on not being interested in the movies featuring her better performances.

Potential Nominations for Film Quest ’13:  

  • Best Actor – Jack Black (seriously)
  • Best Supporting Actor – Matthew McConaughey (seriously)
  • Best Supporting Actress – Shirley MacLaine

Favorite Parts: The greatest part of the movie was when the towns people were being interviewed regarding their thoughts about whether Bernie was guilty or not. I also love the fact that this somewhat crazy film is based on a true story.

The Regrettable Aspects: There really weren’t any.

Would I watch it again? I’ll look forward to seeing it again, and I’m sure I’ll make my wife watch it before the year is out.

To Whom Would I Recommend It?  To anyone who likes dark comedies, especially people who like Jack Black… or HATE Jack Black.

Other Recommendations:

School Of Rock – prior to Bernie, this was my favorite Jack Black (live-action) film

Saved! – it has a similar feel to the film that Bernie does, with the weird morality of various characters, and the questioning of ethics and piety. It’s not necessarily a strong link between films, but it’s tough to find another film to compare it to.

Next up, GOD BLESS AMERICA.

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2 responses to “Bernie [FQ13 Review 12]

  1. Good review Rob. Jack Black was great in this movie and actually made us care for Bernie, so much in fact that we actually feel like we’re on his side the whole time, despite something terrible happening. Crazy how true of a story this is.

    • Thanks, Dan! I absolutely agree, they did a great job of pulling the viewers in and getting them on Bernie’s side, as well as distancing him from what happens at that moment. You can definitely understand why the townsfolk reacted the way they did.

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