Nostalgia Critic Real Thoughts On: Last Action Hero

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48 Comments on "Nostalgia Critic Real Thoughts On: Last Action Hero"

Grave02
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I loved Last Action Hero!! I really don’t get what Doug’s problems were with it. Last Action Hero was a fun, self-aware spoof of arnold & other action flicks of the time.

RockmanX3
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The movie wasn’t too bad, but the tie in video game was awful.

I played the game and thought the movie was going to be as terrible, but I was surprised how much I actually enjoyed the movie.

Bouncing Boy
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I totally get what Doug’s problems were with it, because I had the same ones when I saw the movie in the theater. The tone is really inconsistent and the rules of the universe of the movie within the movie are even more inconsistent. When you look at the better parody movies (Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Airplane, etc.) they have a really consistent tone and hard set rules. Last Action Hero is a bit of a mess. There were some great parts in it (the fantasy sequence with Arnold as Hamlet was brilliant, and the scene in the video store… Read more »
HeroguyX
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doug you’re a pussy

scaikin
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First time commenting: I’ve watched all the NC reviews and love your work guys – thanks so much for it. Also just wanted to mention that I’m pretty sure the Charles Dance shooting scene at the real world petrol station is just a spoof on how in most action films a gunshot in a public place will cut pretty much immediately to the cops showing up – I didn’t see it as some statement that the real world is more violent, just that a film villain wouldn’t appreciate that in the real world thing rarely happen quite so on cue.… Read more »
Whatthe
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No need to apologize, why should you suddenly UNDERSTAND this movie anyway?! I mean, this is entertainment, not informative. Right. Right?

This is she show mocking needless effects being like shaking keys in front of a toddler, yet starts with explosions and an over the top into. So, MUCH more clever than Last Action Hero, right guys?

Yeah…
Yeah I guess I go to James Rolfe if I want actual honest and well prepared info, instead of “Real Thoughts” videos which are still just a role disguised as “real opinions”.

Whatthe
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*the, not she

Jaeger976
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You really need to calm down. You’re acting as if Doug is contractually obligated to ignore his own opinions for the sake of validating your own. Sure he misses the point of the movie (not that it’s necessarily a bad thing) but just because a person can’t get into a film, it doesn’t mean that they should be singled out and looked down on for it. On the subject of his sketch comedy, it actually lines up pretty well with his philosophy of keeping your satire consistent. Throughout his reviews, his sketches are based entirely on the movie that he’s… Read more »
happymel
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Suburban Knights was the only good anniversary movie, in my opinion. It was like the Avengers or Captain America 2 of the Channel Awesome anniversary movies. The others range from Seventh Son levels as the worst and Dark Knight Rises as the best. I have no opinion of Last Action Hero since I’ve never seen it. Most of the movies I watch are PG-13 so… make of that what you will…

Brad1ey Shaw
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If you loved the Schwarzenegger films preceeding LAH (such as Predator, Total Recall, and the two Terminators) then you may come to appreciate what they were trying to do. Back in the late 80’s early 90’s it would have been a dream come true for most any boy in their early teens to see Arnie in a huge action blockbuster like the Jack Slater movies . . . and so we get young Danny Madigan who gets to do just that as he gets to watch ‘Jack Slater IV’ which is PG-13, just like LAH. The character of Danny was… Read more »
Kailen
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I think the big disconnect here is that it wasn’t just a parody/satire of “a Schwarzenegger movie”, but movies as a whole. Action movies, buddy cop, horror, cartoon, comedy everything was represented in that world. I saw the movie in theaters. And I went in expecting it to be the usual Schwarzenegger action fare, because that’s what the trailers all showed. And that was *NOT* the movie provided. But I found the movie provided far, far more interesting. It’s sci-fi, alternate reality. It’s taking a deeper look at those action movies, twisting the tropes at the time, and expanding what… Read more »
Sassafrasshash
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I love this movie.

ultronquake
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For me i love Last Action Hero. Not for the satire of action movies, but for the questions it poses about the nature of fictional characters. From the point they all leave the movie world it’s one great scene after another. When Jack finally realizes that his entire world is nothing but a film and that line about how he had to watch his son get murdered in front of him for nothing more than entertainment. And the scene where he turns up the radio that’s playing Beethoven, he’s so amazed by it because he’s never heard anything like it… Read more »
regismo
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No problemo Doug. If you don’t get it, you don’t get it.

We can see it several times in the review, like when you put E.T. soundtrack when Dany ride a bike in front on the moon. Well… yeah, that’s the joke of the movie, adding E.T. soundtrack isn’t necessary. If you dont even get that…

lobsterzoidberg
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I actually thought The Last Action Hero was…OK.

Airam
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I want to see a Real Thoughts on “judge Dredd”, because yes, the screenplay and world style sucked, but Stallone DID play a great Dredd considering what he was given to work with. As much as I consider the new “Dredd” a superior film on ALMOST ALL counts, the ONE it failed to me on was Urban as Dredd. Through the entire movie whenever I heard him say a line it was like a rusty nail on a chalkboard (that high pitched voice!) and then imagined Stallone saying those lines and how much better that would have been.

Brad1ey Shaw
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Here’s a question for ya. Look at that movie in a different way.

If Stallone had wanted to transition to TV from movies would THAT ‘Judge Dredd’ have made a great movie for a ‘Judge Dredd’ TV mini-series? For example, say as the 3rd or 4th movie in a four or five part series?

MountCDOSgamer
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I gotta be completely honest; Your review of Last Action Hero is definitely my least favorite Nostalgia Critic review. I’ve watched your reviews of movies I absolutely loved at as a kid such as Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers The Movie, Pokemon The First Movie, and Space Jam, and I saw your points with your criticisms of them and had a change of heart on the movies, but I’d never seen Last Action Hero or even knew anything about it except that it had Arnold Schwarzenegger in it, and I couldn’t help but enjoy the movie despite your criticisms of it.… Read more »
SelfPity
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Yeah, that was the review that made me realize that Doug isn’t too great at catching satire. Even when it’s obvious. I’ve got nothing against the guy, of course. It’s just an observation.

Professor von SCIENCE!!!
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Professor von SCIENCE!!!

I will say that the ideas in this movie are interesting and I will admit it has a few good scenes but I must admit it’s not good or bad overall for me. Honestly, it just bores me to tears.

Bull Durham
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Frankly,I’m happy this movie exists.Any movie that prevents a Hanz & Franz movie from being released is fine by me.

Busket
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I always took the line the Nick tells Danny about the ticket’s power being Danny’s all along to mean that Danny was projecting the world that he jumps into. This is why it is so fanboy ridiculous and nonsensical. Hence showing Danny’s “vision” of a Jack Slater Hamlet movie. I was Danny’s age when I saw this film in theaters and it was magical for that reason to me. As an adult I can appreciate more of the film references, but still enjoy it from a childlike view.

Grinch
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O-ho-ho, i’ve waiting for it for far too long.

FaxModem1
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I think the major problem with y’all’s perspective is that you’re expecting a Mel Brooks style spoof, or an Arnold Schwarzenegger action film, when it’s neither, it’s a comedic deconstruction of action films and escapism. This isn’t an Arnold Schwarzenegger film, this is COP MOVIE/ACTION MOVIE world, where all cop movies meet at the police station in a shared universe, and go about on their crazy adventures. Think Wreck-It Ralph and the bridge between all the games, where they all go to their individual games, but meet up at the Grand Central Station, where they can go to other games.… Read more »
scaikin
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Huge thumbs up. This and similarly insightful comments above are a lot more interesting and persuasive than the Walkers’ evaluation. It’s a shame that they dismiss support for the film in the above video as fans bleating “it’s a satire, it’s a satire, all bets are off!” when, if they got around their own instinctive biases and expectations, they’d see it’s a pretty smart film written by a very smart guy. I don’t mind that they don’t like LAH – I’m just a little disappointed that they’re not giving credit to it where it’s due. Compare this to Doug’s review… Read more »
snoofulus
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Lol funny how this works, I saw LAH way back and thought this was a smart, savvy take on it. Actually, thought what a breath of fresh air, the two not being complete twits again! Cause yea, thorough well-reasoned explanation? Please. Unlike the LAH review which seems to ignore the satire out of spite, the Matrix reviews were just 90 minutes of being lazy and obtuse, and the “real thoughts” were a confused, disorganized mess where they kept going back and forth on which movie was more vague / explained too much and were getting lost inbetween basic Joseph Campbell… Read more »
Amkus
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Well said.

L!nk
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Yeah, It’s really clever movie. The Benedict theory scene was so good. I don’t see what were Walkers thinking that would happen in 30 seconds? In the movie world shooting a guy is a murder but in reality that is just a loud bang in the night until the body is found. That guy who yells at him obviously thinks he is some drunken teenager fooling around yelling dumb things. Or what would you think if some random guy on the street would be yelling confessions in the night?

saint22
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i agree with most people here. its a satire of action movies in general, not just arnold. much like mccain in the simpsons. i think thats pretty straight forward and it does make sense, if you see it as a satire of action movies as a whole. people arent giving it a freepass because it is satire, they are pointing out why it works under the rules it stablished and what is trying to say. its not a masterpiece or anything but you confused the premise

saint22
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that being said. people are really over analyzing this movie. its a parody, much on the level of the first scary movie, maybe a little more original but not quite as funny. i give it a pass, and i think most people here do the same, just that they are as defensive in their position of sort of liking it as you guys are in seemingly hating it. its not good, its not really bad, this whole argument is pretty stupid and these videos are cheap clickbait. im gonna stop watching, because these arent really movies you can talk twenty… Read more »
Strongblade
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Last Action Hero, as a movie spoof, is very schizophrenic. It is still fun enough a movie, but I will agree it rates no more than a C. But if you turn off your brain and just enjoy the silliness. It’s a fun enough movie.

Fragminion
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The thing that I recall from this movie back in the day that it was the Movie to Hate of the year. Even before it came out, and this was when the internet was still in its diapers. Its a fun movie just pull the stick out your butt and just relax and turn the brain off. This is a prob that I guess that Doug and Rob have….pulling the stick out.

Drahauk
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I enjoyed Last Action Hero when I was younger, but I do wonder how my attitude towards it would be if I watched it now, as I found myself agreeing with all the points you were making.

MonkeeJuice
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Please talk about Exorcist 2: The Heretic!

Amkus
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I loved the stark contrast of the movie world which was all sunny and over the top with the “real world”, which as all dark and gritty.

This was such a great movie.

Don’t understand how you can’t “get” this movie.

Le Messor
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For the record, I love this movie and I was a grown-up when I first saw it – must’ve been at least 21.
So, it’s not just one for people who saw it as kids.

(The reason I have a hard time hearing you say ‘we don’t hate this movie’ is because it’s kinda drowned out by half an hour of you tearing it a new plothole.)

Funny you should mention Jurassic Park – that’s probably the real reason this movie failed. That’s what it was up against at the box office.

rqi
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Spaceballs was pretty awful, I don’t get why they keep praising it.

pickledsuicune
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Man, hearing you guys talk about satires makes me really want to hear your opinions on Kingsman: Secret Service. That movie was seriously so much fun to watch and it was a fantastic satire while also being an incredibly enjoyable film on its own. It’s not my favorite movie, but it’s just so great, over-the-top, and a whole lot of fun to just watch.

BurntFaceMan
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The Critic should have apoligized. Here is why: There is no problem with him disliking the Movie. There is no problem with him thinking the the movie would be bad satire. The problem is, that in hic NC review, he totally ignored that the movie is a satire, took it all 100% serious and rated the movie based on that. The movie did something stupid or weird on purpose? The NC took it 100% serious, pretended to not get it, and rated it based on that. If the NC would have said all the arguments that he made in this… Read more »
gardwall
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love this movie how dare u

CaptainRoland
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I like or love violence with a cause, Cause!

CaptainRoland
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Sex or Sexual Intercourse with a cause too, but you know nearly all New Yorkers (I believe 85-90%) are freaking pacifists and maybe even celibates I know cause I live in peaceful Brooklyn, New York City nothing ever happens here at least that’s what everybody hopes for even in fictional movie New York, violence and sex nowadays is really toned down for Liberal Democratic or Political Correctness (or maybe Conservative Republican as well) it’s kind of sad really but that’s what makes us New Yorkers super nice. Unlike you Chicago or Los Angelos moviegoing public.

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