Bubba Ho-Tep

Friday, September 26, 2003

Elvis and JFK battle a cowboy mummy in an old folks home - the premise alone should earn this movie good marks. Bruce Campbell stars in the role of Elvis. Things are sounding even better! Ultimately, however, despite the tremendous potential of this brilliant chemistry I left the theatre feeling that the film, ultimately, was just pretty good, and not as great as it could have been.

At parts the first two thirds of the movie seem to plod along in exposition, and the plot is utterly straight forward and lacking in the kinds of twists, turns, and plot development that should carry a movie through it's middle, leaving it with the feel of a movie that has a beginning, an end, and nothing in between. At the same time, plot does not seem to be one of the goals of this movie. Rather, it seems intentionally more just a hastily constructed platform to create a truly bizarre scenario and some very funny Bruce Campbell moments (although none quite as good as the best in Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness).

As a result, members of the Cult of All That is Bruce Campbell will still thoroughly enjoy this film simply for the fact that it combines Bruce Campbell's trademark one-liner deliveries with a portrayal of geriatric Elvis. Other performances in the movie were well done, but hopelessly overshadowed by Bruce Campbell's inconquerable presence. If you are not a fan of Bruce Campbell, however, the movie has the potential of becoming a bit laborious at times.

Rating: C+

Reviewed by Kenji Baugham
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