13 Nov

TURNER & HOOCH (1989) – Scott Turner

Synopsis – The dog of a dead man is adopted by a detective in order to help solve the crime.
Tom Hanks – Plays the obsessive compulsive detective.
Co-stars – Craig T. Nelson, Mare Winningham, Reginald VelJohnson
Best Parts –  Tom’s character arch, When the dog destroys his home cause he gives a look at the speakers… it’s great, Tom’s first scene with the dog, Tom trying to sleep while Hooch is barking outside, when he tries to get into the car with Hooch in the beginning. When Tom Hanks freaks out in the middle of making out with the vet because he figures something out about the case.
Worst Parts– It didn’t NEED a romantic subplot and it looks like he still didn’t learn his lesson with THE TERMINAL. While these scenes weren’t necessarily “bad” they’re just simply not pivotal to the plot. When Hooch runs through the fish – HUGE health code violation.
Best Hanks Acting – The second to last scene 😦 – you can see flashes of the Andrew Beckett to be in his look , when he’s dragged through the dog door by Hooch at the vet, most of what’s listed in “BEST PARTS”.
Best Line(s) – “I did read that in a book, it was a great big blue book but I think you might like it… IT HAD A LOT OF PICTURES!”, “97.51!? What did I buy, smoked salmon? $97.51!!” “It looks like you swallowed a tennis shoe and you got the laces sticking out.”

Overall – Loved this as a child and enjoy it as an adult. Obviously not one of his BEST films, but still edge of your seat at times and equally heartbreaking. Good twist. No M Knight Shamalama Ding Dong, but even M Knight hasn’t been M Knight since Signs. Also, around these years I always got Mare Winningham, Elizabeth Shue and Lea Thompson confused. Lea being the superior actor. (77 = C)

EXCEPTIONAL – (A+) 95 – 100
EXCELLENT – (A) 90-94
GOOD – (B) 80 – 89
AVERAGE – (C) 70-79
NOT A FAVORITE  – (D) 60 – 69

To see original post and list of his films (hyperlinked if reviewed) CLICK HERE.


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