Blast from the Past Movie Review
We've seen Brendan Fraser play adorable and stupid characters such as in George of the Jungle and Dudley-do-Right, and he is no different in Blast From the Past, a movie about a man who was raised in a bomb shelter for thirty-five years and believed that the world had been destroyed by a nuclear holocaust. Fraser, at least in the first two thirds of the film, is a complete idiot, and then he mellows out. At first his excitement is genuine but after that you really start to believe that something is wrong with his head because he is so out of it. Of course, maybe that's what someone who had never seen the sky before would look like.
Anyway, Blast from the Past fluctuates immensely. There are some mildly funny scenes throughout but the comedy basically dies in the later minutes of the film. When Fraser first comes into the world it is pretty entertaining. As far as the romance goes, Blast from the Past fails miserably. I used to really like Alicia Silverstone (namely Clueless) but have continued to lose faith in her. She doesn't really do a bad job but she does nothing for me in this film, and the attraction between the two seems like something that could only be derived on paper - in this case, a screenplay. There is absolutely nothing new in the way of romance in the movie, so anyone, especially the women, looking for a romantic comedy will probably be disappointed.
But as a comedy, Blast from the Past still works. Even though Fraser's character is overly stupid at times, he is funny in a charming, innocent way. Christopher Walken and Sissy Spacek do a terrific job as his parents, Walken in particular who seems to like the bomb shelter more than the real world.
The one thing that Blast from the Past really needs though is an overhaul in how Fraser and his family adjust to the real world. Walken immediately makes a conjecture that the world has been taken over by mutants. Spacek stays beneath to tend after him after he has a heart attack (even though she was the one who really wanted to go above). Fraser just doesn't have a clue. Now, this movie isn't anything like Austin Powers but it does hold some similarities. Austin Powers pulled off some good contrasts between the 90's and the 60's. Blast from the Past does not. What needed to be shown on screen more was the realization of Fraser that the times were much different than what he was used to (actually, what would have been even funnier is if Walken had done this realization). Another thing that isn't even shown on screen is the characters' discovery that their thirty-five years below was a waste because there was no nuclear holocaust. Shouldn't this be an important part of the movie?
Blast from the Past has its ups and downs but overall it is worth the watch. It is definitely flawed but also has good intentions.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.