Review: Mr. Brooks

Considering Director/Writer Bruce A. Evans last writing credit came from the 1997 family flop Jungle 2 Jungle, it might comes as a surprise to see his latest piece of work, Mr. Brooks.

As the film begins, we are ushered into the world of Mr. Earl Brooks (Kevin Costner). From the get go, we see a man struggling with something and it’s not long before we figure out what. Mr. Brooks is a man divided. On one side a suave business executive, community leader, family man and on the other a serial killer. As much as he enjoys the latter, he know that it is wrong and he is at times visibly regretful. Because of this, he’s been out of the game for a while. However, Marshall (William Hurt), his imaginary friend/alter-ego, doesn’t make it very easy for him to stay on the moral high ground with his constant prodding and pressure to come out of retirement.

It doesn’t take much coaxing from Marshall before he’s at it again, however this time something goes wrong. Despite his cautious nature, not to mention Marshall’s constant reminders, Mr. Brooks is caught in the act by Mr. Smith (Dane Cook). With proof in hand, Smith approaches Mr. Brooks at work but doesn’t have the request you might expect. All he wants in return is to come along for the next kill. On top of all that, Mr. Brooks’ daughter is back home after dropping out of school and he’s being sought out by Det. Atwood.

There is a lot to like about this movie. In striving to break away from the disappointing thrillers as of late, I think it exceeds that bar. The writing is good and smart, giving us enough twists and even some surprises to keep us happy. The direction is good, but not great. Evans does well but doesn’t really show us what I really feel he’s capable of, except for in a few scattered places.

On the acting side of things, Costner gives a great performance as man struggling to deal with his ‘sickness’ and lead a normal life. William Hurt is as good as he is in most everything he plays, and there are some great scenes with he and Costner interacting that are extremely creepy and fun to watch. Demi Moore was decent, not great, but still enjoyable in her role. I was most surprised by Dane Cook. Even in a role that seemed very tailored for him, he showed his ability to really tune into the serious side of things and give a really nice performance.

I’d definitely give this movie a chance.

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One Comment on “Review: Mr. Brooks”

  1. Grant Says:

    Don’t diss Jungle 2 Jungle. Tim Allen is a comic genius. lol

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