Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Cuban Fury
Opens Friday, April 11, 2014 
1 hr 38 min
Rated R


Nick Frost

Nick Frost as Bruce
Rashida Jones as Julia
Chris O'Dowd as Drew
Olivia Colman as Sam
Ian McShane as Ron
Wendi McLendon-Covey as Carly
Alexandra Roach as Helen
Rory Kinnear as Gary
Kayvan Novak as Bejan

Simon Pegg as Mondeo driver

Review by Stephen M.

This movie could have been easily been a Kevin James film and Nick Frost is quick to point that out in the Q&A last night.  A boy who ends his dreams and passion of Salsa due to bullies once again must dance to woo his new boss who is into the dance.  Cuban Fury while full of laughs seems awfully familiar in its theme.  Despite that, there is still much to enjoy in the film.

The quick witted Nick Frost stars as Bruce who is the kid mentioned before all grown up and much heavier.  He must "relearn" what he used to be a master of, bringing in his old coach Ron (Ian McShane) as well as motley of dancing partners.  Bruce's dream girl is the new boss Julia (Rashida Jones) who is also the object of desire of Bruce's antagonizing lowlife coworker Drew (Chris O'Dowd).  Some of the best scenes in the movie are of Drew trying to raise the ire of the low key Bruce.  In particular, the parking garage dance off is hilarious especially the dialogue afterwards.

In the Q&A, Nick mentions that he trained 7 months with approximately 1300 hours total training for the movie.  While he's not exactly light footed, his hard work shows off in the film though some of the more crazy stunts are clearly a stunt double.  Chris and Rashida are equally impressive in their dancing scenes.  Unfortunately we don't get to see Ian McShane bust a move.

Overall, I would recommend the film especially if you're a fan of Nick Frost.  The romance part of the story doesn't really develop well as there doesn't seem to be good chemistry between Nick and Rashida.  As well this type of underdog story has been done many times before.  Despite the lack of chemistry between the two leads, Nick and Chris as well as also Nick and Kayvan Novak as Bejan more than makes up for it in the comical department.

Simon Pegg makes a few seconds cameo in the parking lot scene.  Nick when asked why Simon wasn't given a bigger role in the film replied in the Q&A, why would that be the case, as they are not joint together as actors.  


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