DVD Review: REVENGE FOR JOLLY Is Tarantinoesqe And Terrible - Movies In Focus
Tarantinoesqe was the word given to a slew of crime films that hit screens following the success of Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction in 1994. Some of these movies were well made (very few though), while others were pretty terrible (the vast majority). Revenge For Jolly comes along 20 years too late – but it would definitely belong in the terrible column for Tarantino knock-offs. Nothing about it works – and to make matters worse – it’s morally deplorable. Brian Pestos plays Harry, a lowlife who goes on a rampant trail of revenge when his pet pooch is murdered. He joins forces with his cousin Cecil (Oscar Isaac) to find the animal’s killer, whilst leaving copious amounts of collateral damage in their wake. Sounds fun – it’s not. Revenge For Jolly isn’t half as witty or offbeat as it thinks its is. You can see the machinations behind Brian Pesto’s script and what he’s trying to do but he fails in a spectacular fashion. Along with aping Tarantino, Pestos and director Chad Harbold also pay ‘homage’ to Terry Gilliam’s adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas. However, what they believe to be wacky is simply whack. The [...]