Welcome to this week’s review from The Bargain Bin! Danny DeVito! Today, we know Mr. DeVito as “Frank Reynolds” the hilariously demented dad of Dennis and Dee Reynolds on the hit comedy show “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”. Believe it or not, there was a time when Daniel Michael DeVito was, well, just a mere movie star who played second, or yes, even third billing to mega stars like Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. Lets quickly take a brief look at the career of Mr. DeVito. Early in Danny DeVito’s career there were films such as 1973′s not so well known comedy/drama “Hurry Up or I’ll Be 30″ (Petey) and of course the 1976 Oscars dominating film based on Ken Kesey’s best seller “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” in which Mr. DeVito plays the lovable looney “Martini”, but for most of us, at least for myself, the earliest memory I have of Danny DeVito is his role as the hilariously evil cab dispatcher “Louie DePalma” of the hit comedy TV show “Taxi” (1978-1983). It is safe to say that DeVito’s role as DePalma, although a television role, is the job that may have really helped to launch him into his hugely successful film career that really took off in the eighties with films like this week’s selection from The Bin and other 1980′s hits such as the hit comedies “Ruthless People” (1986) and “Throw Momma from the Train”(1987). Danny DeVito’s wildly successful career in the eighties just kept on rolling through the nineties with hit films like “Batman Returns” (1992) and “L.A. Confidential” (1997). Now, as mentioned earlier, you have maybe his most beloved character “Frank Reynolds” of the hit television show “It’s Always Sunny in Philadephia” (2005-20013- Frank Reynolds didn’t appear until the 2006 season). Not a bad big and small screen career for the guy from Asbury Park, New Jersey! As you know by now, this week’s review is of the film that you could say began his string of hits in the eighties. This week’s film is the hit action/comedy film also starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner…………..
Romancing the Stone
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Writer: Diane Thomas
Starring: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and DannyDeVito.
Reviewer: Joe Sikes
Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) is a best selling romance/adventure novelist who, you could say, lives a rather conservative lifestyle in relation to her lustful action novels. Miss. Wilder has just completed her most recent, highly anticipated novel and who better than to celebrate the momentous occasion with than her cat “Romeo”. You could say that Joan lives vicariously through her writing as a way to deal with her life that is missing the passion and action that she depicts in her novels. Joan dreams of actually meeting a man like the hero that saves the day and gets the damsel in distress in her famous novels but her dream has yet to come close to her reality. Little does Joan know that her life is about to resemble her writing in a way that she will not soon forget.
Joan Wilder’s beloved sister, Elaine (Mary Ellen Trainor) is in trouble and Joan is forced to step outside of her comfort zone and travel to Cartagena, Columbia, to save her abducted sister, much to the dismay of her publicist, Gloria (Holland Taylor). After only a short time in Columbia, Joan winds up in a bus accident that turns into a cross fire battle only to be saved by a rugged gentleman by the name of Jack T. Colton (Michael Douglas). Joan is in quite the bind while being many miles away from where her sister is held captive by the bickering, humorous amateur kidnappers Ralph (Dany DeVito) and Ira (Zack Norman). Fortunately, Joan has the money that it takes to pay Jack T. Colton to take her to her troubled sister. Is Jack just a means to Cartagena or the man that Joan has been writing and dreaming about through her novel, in the flesh? Maybe he is both! Check out “Romancing the Stone” and find out! If you like Romancing the Stone, you might like “Jewel of the Nile”, which is pretty much the same movie but not as good.
To be completely honest, I actually like “Romancing the Stone” very much. I mean, not as much as movies like, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” or “Blade Runner” but, all in all, Romancing the Stone is a film that has its moments of humor and action that make it a movie worth watching for the first time and a movie that is worth watching again. Lets not forget Mr. DeVito who really helps to provide some of the comedy that makes Romancing of the Stone work! I give Romancing the Stone 2 out of 3 Guys. See you next time with another review from the Bargain Bin!