Grosse Point Blank review
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 08/09/11
Martin “Marty” Blank (John Cusack) is a hitman who has issues related to his profession. Dr. Oatman (Alan Arkin) is the petrified therapist of Martin who gives sound advice. His assistant Marcella (Joan Cusack) suggests that he attend the class of ’86 10 year reunion in Grosse Point Michigan to loosen up a bit. Blank meets up with the articulate DJ who he stood up before, Debi Newberry (Minnie Driver). As they catch up with each other, another hitman named Grocer (Dan Aykroyd) stalks Blank. The film has one of the best soundtracks around. Songs from Queen, English Beat, A-ha, and English Beat will surely liven up any scene. Its comedy is unique and hysterical; I felt this could have been a classic if it had a better script, a charming/pretty female lead and memorable ending. Cinematography was somehow attractive, some dialogue was peculiar and the pace of the film is swift. Dan Aykroyd played it over the top deranged hitman, Alan Arkin was uproarious, Joan Cusack the cautious assistant and for me the weakest link was Minnie Driver. Maybe if they had another actress or if Debi Newberry could have been more interesting, then I wouldn’t have any qualms regarding this. Overall, this film delivers the humor, action and romance. One of the best quotes from Martin Q. Blank – “There's a contract out on your life. Believe me. I was hired to kill you, but I'm not going to do it. It's either because I'm in love with your daughter or because I have a newfound respect for life.” We all go thru some reflections in our life weather to choose career or love. In Blanks case, he chose the latter.