The "Fools" are good, only the "Chain" is broken
"Chain of Fools" is one of those zany ensemble-cast spoofs on crime
films. The "Fools" include Selma Hayek as a Playboy-posing police
sergeant; Steve Zahn as an incompetent barber; Jeff Goldblum as a
generic stylish thug; Elijah Wood as the world's youngest hit man;
David Cross as an overgrown Boy Scout (literally); Tom Wilkinson as a
vengeful wealthy industrialist; Orlando Jones as a beefy transvestite;
and Lara Flynn Boyle as a treacherous ex-wife.
Normally I love ensemble films, and this particular one had a great
cast (well, Steve Zahn didn't particularly shine in this film, even
though he has the most screen time). The problem with CoF is the parts
aren't strung together that well. The plot is mediocre, the editing is
haphazard and the story doesn't flow too well at moments.
But the characters do provide quite a few laughs themselves. So it's
better than your average schlocky comedy.
7 out of 10.
Very good little B-grade character caper movie.
I was very impressed by this movie. It contained a totally awesome cast
lineup, was genuinely funny - very remarkable on such a low budget. And
it also moves fairly tightly and briskly, with none of the
pretentiousness of most B-grade "arthouse" fare.
The cast ensemble was an absolute dream in fact. Stalwarts like Jeff
Goldblum, Steve Zahn, David Cross, David Hyde Pierce - and that lady
who now plays the wife in "Scrubs". They were excellent.
And Elijah Wood is totally awesome in this. I once said that he had
totally lost his comic touch or interest after the NORTH fiasco. Well,
I now have to completely eat my words. He showed a lot of the brilliant
personality that he displayed as an all-time great child actor -
especially as Huck Finn. This is the role that I would class as his
definitive transition role from child protégé to credible adult actor.
It contains most of his charm and personality that were the highlights
of his early career, with the professional maturity of his later work.
And once again I am totally blown away by Tom Wilkinson. His was a
great role for a jobbing British actor in Hollywood; and he handles it
wonderfully. This would be the perfect foil to his dramatic antagonist
in Mel Gibson\'s THE PATRIOT (see my review); and a great foretaste of
his comic flair as Doctor Chasubile in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST.
This movie really worked a lot better than I thought it would. I was
expecting some dour, slow-paced cynical "modern" serio-comedy with
garish visuals and poor pacing - like RUSHMORE, or ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF
THE SPOTLESS MIND, or ADAPTATION; i.e. **way** self-consciously smug,
with far more drama than comedy. But instead I got a snappy, witty,
intelligent little character comedy with enough imagination and pacing
to really keep it rolling along. It lacks the real punch of a classic
movie like THE STING, Jim Carrey\'s THE MASK, or even ZERO EFFECT; but
on its own terms it is very watchable, and totally deserves a lot more
success. I thoroughly recommend it to everyone. A movie that\'s
definitely worth renting..