My Name is Bruce – review
Who is Bruce Campbell and why does he deserve a movie of his own? Well Mr Campbell is a cult horror movie “icon” and despite not watching many films that he has starred in, even I know who he is. Bubba Ho-Tep was painfully funny in a very unusual way showing a comic timing that is not often found in modern actors.
My Name is Bruce is directed by Campbell and stars the man himself along with a cast of B-movie actors who don’t take themselves too seriously. This is surely, what a B-movie is all about. Everyone is aware of the restrictions due to the lack in large budget, and everyone plays along. Okay, so you can’t afford a stuntman, then we all accept that people on screen are often seen throwing around a dummy! That is part of the fun!
B Movie Legend Bruce Campbell is mistaken for his character Ash from the Evil Dead trilogy and forced to fight a real monster in a small town in Oregon.
Now this is an unusual film in that it chooses not to worry about critics and concentrate on the fans. There are many references I am sure passed straight over my head, but will please fans of Campbell’s work. The plot is very silly indeed, not choosing realism in any way but following down a path of: “Bubba Ho-Tep” (so very silly, it becomes painfully funny).
Unlike a great deal of online film review sites, 4 out of 10 is never worried to slip into 1st person narrative. After all it is a person who has reviewed this film and not some computer, incapable of emotion. With this in mind then, My Name is Bruce made me laugh...a lot. It will never win awards for being cleverly written and yet it is. It will never win awards for comedy and yet it will make you laugh a lot. The only thing it won’t do is let you into the jokes you don’t understand. I can only tell you from personal experience that once you “get it”, you’ll be laughing very hard!
Bruce’s character is quite literally the funniest thing I’ve seen all year. His awful attempt at being charismatic and his dancing that makes my attempts look professional are quite brilliant. Lines are used such as: “I know a place where the drinks are cheap and er... I’ll be there” and his “twelve lousy mistakes” that led to his divorce.
Being a film mainly focused on one individual it is very easy to spot whether you’ll like it within a short amount of time. If you cannot find any humour by the time the dancing scene comes along, then I suggest you walk out of the cinema and demand your money back because your funny bone does not want tickling anytime soon.
My Name is Bruce comes across as Bruce Campbell’s mission statement. It is as if he is saying to the world: “This is me. Like it or lump it because I will not change”. After Bubba Ho-Tep I had promised myself more time allotted to watching more films starring Campbell. This film has reminded me of what I was missing!
The supporting cast is equally as entertaining with the emo/goth teenager who has unwittingly released a Chinese demon/warrior/thing, gay rednecks, Grace Thorsen as the interest of Bruce’s and Ted Raimi as Wing. This is what a B-movie parody should be. In fact My Name is Bruce is a B-movie of a B-movie. What is not to like about that?
I honestly thought that this movie would be a bad idea. I didn’t want to watch another film where a director makes himself the only worthwhile character in it (that inevitably happens when someone directs and acts in a movie). Strangely though, despite having Bruce at the forefront, he’s shown to have a very self deprecating sense of humour. My Name is Bruce is a triumph; an excellent film that plays with the audience, teases the studios, ignores the critics and pleases the fans. There should be more films like it. Seek it out!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5