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Cool World


Action / Animation / Comedy / Fantasy

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Brad Pitt Photo
Brad Pitt as Detective Frank Harris
Kim Basinger Photo
Kim Basinger as Holli Would
Gabriel Byrne Photo
Gabriel Byrne as Jack Deebs
William Windom Photo
William Windom as Ink Monsters
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933.85 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 41 min
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1.87 GB
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23.976 fps
1 hr 41 min
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865.14 MB
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1 hr 42 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by BandSAboutMovies5 / 10

Inside this mess, there is something interesting

"History is written by winners, baby. So let's make a little of our own tonight. If you're thinkin' my idea of fun is a drag, then you've never been to paradise. Do my kisses burn? Do they take your breath? You've got a lesson to learn, now. I'm the kiss of death."

There was a time in the mid-90's when My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult was showing up in movies all over the place. Hey look - that's them playing "After the Flesh" in The Crow! Oh wow, they're on the soundtrack of Showgirls! That's "Hit & Run Holiday" in The Flintstones! Heck, they're even on the soundtrack of BASEketball! And they're all over Cool World, too.

Between "The Devil Does Drugs", "Holli's Groove", "Sex on Wheelz", "Her Sassy Kiss" and "Sedusa," TKK makes up a good chunk of this film, which is kinda like the band we're talking about - a mix of the past, the imagined future, sex, violence, drugs and danger.

Cool World is the first movie Ralph Bakshi made after Fire and Ice. He'd been developing plenty of films, including an adaption of Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer and an animal version of Sherlock Holmes. He also turned down directing Something Wicked This Way Comes and Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, which he passed on to Ridley Scott who turned it into Blade Runner. After an attempt to film J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, he actually got the opportunity to speak to the mysterious author, who told him that the novel was unfilmable. This led to Bakshi's brief retirement (he still ended up working with Ren & Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi on the Rolling Stone's "Harlem Shuffle" video and TV's Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures) before getting excited about Cool World.

In its original pitch, a cartoon and human give birth to a hybrid child who visits the real world to find and kill the father who abandoned him. Bakshi had longed to create a film that looked like a living, breathing painting that people could physically walk through. Designer Barry Jackson helped bring these worlds to life, which were created as gigantic paintings and the animation was to look like a mix of Fleischer Studios and Terrytoons.

Yet even as the expensive sets were being built, Paramount producer Frank Mancuso Jr. secretly had a new screenplay written and demanded that Bakshi direct the film, under threat of lawsuit (Bakshi punching him in the face may have had something to do with that). Even casting was changed, with Holli Would's role switching from Drew Barrymore to Kim Basinger.

It got to the point that even Basinger was rewriting the script, because she wanted to show it to sick kids in hospitals. As for Bakshi, he just told his animators to do whatever they thought was funny.

So what ended up on screen?

Las Vegas, 1945. World War II vet Frank Harris (Brad Pitt) takes his mother on a motorcycle ride that ends in tragedy when a drunk driver hits them. He retreats to an animated alternate dimension called "Cool World" to deal with the loss.

Cut to 1992. Jack Deebs (Gabriel Byrne) might have killed his wife after catching her in bed with her lover, but he's also created a comic book called Cool World. In truth, he's really just tapping into the other world. And inside that world, Holli Would (Kim Basinger) has kept trying to visit the real world but is continually denied by Frank, who is now a detective that keeps people from crossing over between dimensions.

Once he gets out of jail, Jack finds his way back to Cool World and meets up with Holli and Frank. Frank warns him that this world has existed way before he was even alive and that for years, noids from the human world have tried to have sex with doodles, or Cool World inhabitants. It's never really stated, but something horrible will happen if this occurs.

Holli, of course, seduces Jack and becomes a human. This is in direct contrast to Frank, who has a rough relationship with a doodle named Lonette. His partner, Nails, doesn't tell him about Holli's crime so that Frank can try and patch up his latest fight with his girl. Unfortunately, Holli murders him and crosses over to our world.

Holli goes wild in the real world, performing onstage with Frank Sinatra Jr. and consuming every vice she can get her hands on. Yet she and Jack are now stuck between worlds unless they find the Spike of Power, a magic object that a doodle in the real world has left behind. She unleashes Cool World on our world, but Jack succeeds in stopping her. Holli kills Frank, but because she was a doodle in our world - who decides on these laws? - he can now be reborn as a doodle in Cool World, to the delight of his girlfriend. Plus, Holli and Jack end up as a toon couple.

Cool World feels like it wants to be an adult Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, which was how it was sold. They don't explain much, but I feel like Cool World is where the imagination of our world ends up living (as symbolized by the sketches that show up out of nowhere). It feels like there is plenty of potential, but knowing what we know today, studio interference took the heart and soul out of the film.

Interestingly, Paramount Pictures created a publicity uproar by placing a huge cut-out of Holli Would on the D of the Hollywood sign. All they had to do was make a donation of $27,000 to the sign's maintenance fund, another $27,000 to the Rebuild L.A. fund and the salary for two park rangers to guard the sign. Local residents were enraged, however, and demanded that the ad be taken down.

Back to My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult. Even if you don't enjoy the film, you'll probably love the soundtrack. It also boasts songs by David Bowie, Thompson Twins, Electronic, The Future Sound of London, Ministry, The Cult, Moby, Brian Eno and others. It's totally a time capsule of 1992 and worth listening to.

Reviewed by kosmasp5 / 10

Weird World(s)

A strange mixture of real and animated things ... collide. Sometimes literally - which makes this a very weird movie and experience to be honest. Yes there are other movies who were able to succesfully combine those elements (Roger Rabbit comes to mind),but this isn't the movie that did that. And all the while it has Brad Pitt and Kim Basinger in it. What could go wrong? Apparently a lot as you can tell.

I wouldn't even know where to begin here ... this is silly and just over the top. And as I learned after watching it was meant to be more adult - which I guess does explain the tone of the movie that is all over the place. I still had some (Looney Tunes) fun with it ... not sure everyone can say that ...

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird4 / 10

It wasn't completely awful, but it was a major disappointment

I had heard that this film was messy and awful and everything, but as I am a huge animation fan I was thinking maybe I should give it a chance, maybe it wouldn't be that bad. Cool World wasn't absolutely awful, it had its saving graces, but there is a lot wrong as well that makes it a major disappointment. This has been compared to other live-action films like Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, I'll keep the comparison brief; Cool World isn't as fun, innovative or as original as WFRR, and I will admit I wasn't expecting it to be.

PROS: The animation is not bad at all. The backgrounds look like paintings, the characters are drawn reasonably well and the colours are beautiful. The soundtrack is pretty good too, the score is wonderful and the songs are fun and suitably upbeat. I like the character of Holli Would, she is sensual and sexy, yet she is very selfish and cruel, that makes her intriguing. Personally I thought Kim Bassinger did a decent job playing her. Plus the live action sequences were well shot.

CONS: Whereas the animation sequences and the live action sequences are fine individually, merged together they don't quite gel, in fact they are quite jarring-the live action considerably duller than the animation and the human characters are incredibly stiff. While I was fine with Kim Bassinger, the other acting is not great at all I feel. Gabriel Byrne is given little to do and struggles, while Brad Pitt(who has actually given some good performances in some good films, ie. Se7en) speaks in a constant monotonic drawl to the point he's boring. The script is very unfocused, derivative and confused, and the story is incomplete and meanders all over the place. Complete with very pedestrian pacing, badly underdeveloped characters and a WTF? ending, and you have a pretty disappointing film overall.

All in all, has its moments, but out of the Ralph Bakshi films I've seen, this is my least favourite, a film that had promise but failed to deliver. 4/10 Bethany Cox

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