I couldn’t make it through that preview. But I will never ride a bull when I can take a bus.
Reminds me of the character names in Max Barry’s novel Jennifer Government.
I was reminded of Repo Man. Otto is taunted with “Otto Partz?” when his name is in fact Otto Maddox. Then there’s Bud, and Miller, and Lite.
You might think Big John Studd’s motorcycle bowling is the best thing about HDATMM and that’s fine. But there are many other best things about this movie.
- Mickey Rourke
- Mickey Rourke shoots Don Jonson
- Harley’s custom built Harley Davidson FXR Evo motorcycle
- Harley’s two-piece flat-track racing leathers
- Tia Carrere before Wayne’s World
- Virginia Slim’s futuristic police Honda Pacific Coast PC800
- The Aeroplane Graveyard
Okay, so it is a flawed movie. It doesn’t have very much of a plot, and even more so it doesn’t really have a point. I went to see it on it’s opening night (pretty much no one else did) and I left the cinema with a confused mix of disappointment and satisfaction. But mostly disappointment.
But I kept being drawn back to it. And I gradually realised that despite its flaws, its essentially a joyful movie about friendship and every time I watch it I’m left feeling uplifted.
But for me, the best thing about HDATMM is the opening sequence. Even if you’ve never ridden a motorcycle, if you have an ounce of romance in your soul you will realise that there is a quintessential truth to this scene.
Harley bids farewell to his beautiful companion, gears up and goes through a complicated motorcycle start-up procedure before roars off into the dawn.
It speaks of moving on, of new beginnings, of new adventures. Sometimes when I’m feeling down, I watch this sequence (below) and it it cheers me right up.
Then the rest of the movie starts, and well, your mileage may vary…
Unfair! You mention the “Big John Studd powerslides a motorcycle” scene, but you don’t include a clip! I would love to see that bit again! (sigh and my google-fu is failing me - I can’t find it!)
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