For tonight’s recommendation I have a movie that stars my all-time favourite movie star crush: the incredibly handsome and ever charming, Kevin Costner. Now that you all know about my undying love for Kevin, I have to admit that I might be a bit biased when it comes to his movies. There are a lot of movies he did that received pretty terrible critical reviews and I still LOVED them. Namely, Waterworld, which has a whopping 42% on Rotten Tomatoes and The Postman which has an incredibly underwhelming 9%. I really liked these movies. Anyone else out there with me on this? I should have added them to my Guilty Pleasures list that I did with David over at That Moment In but I really don’t feel all that guilty about it. I digress. Mr. Brook didn’t receive the best reviews but it’s still a good movie and certainly worth a watch tonight. Let me tell you why.
Mr. Brooks is a psychological thriller about a man named Earl Brooks (Kevin Costner) who is very successful in his work, he is a loving husband and father, a well known philanthropist in his community and he’s a serial killer. He is incredibly meticulous when cleaning up his crime scenes and disposing of any evidence that wold link him to the crime and, as such, has never been under suspicion. One day however, he is careless and leaves the curtains open when he murders two people and an amateur photographer who goes by Mr. Smith (Dane Cook) catches the whole thing on film. Instead of turning him in, Mr. Smith wants to go with him on his next kill. Trying to maintain his calm, handle Mr. Smith and evade the ever encroaching detective on his case (Demi Moore), Mr. Brooks sinks deeper and deeper into a hole he might not be able to get himself out of.
Mr. Brooks is an interesting look into the duality of some people’s lives and the idea that you don’t really know who anyone really is. History’s most notorious serial killers are usually the people you would least suspect. Mr. Brooks and his murderous alter ego, Marshall (William Hurt) were brilliant together. They played off each other so well and hit all the right notes. Hurt created such a sinister persona and delivered his lines with such intensity that it gave me goosebumps at times. I love the way they would speak to each other but you could tell they were both in the same head. This aspect of the film was really well written and deserves praise.
Now, I will admit that the subplot with Brooks’ daughter (Danielle Panabaker) is contrived and poorly done. It’s another plot twist that just wasn’t needed. There are a lot of twists and turns throughout this movie, some help the overall story and some hinder its credibility, unfortunately. This is one of the bigger ones that proves to be a step backwards. Mr. Books does a great job creating suspense and thrilling scenarios but a lot of that build up is taken away by a couple bad choices in regards to the storyline. Overall though, there are more good choices than bad.
All in all, I would definitely recommend this one, and although I can see some of its flaws, it’s still a great thriller with some very tense moments and some truly interesting characters. Also, Kevin Costner.