Be Cool, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s latest movie project, also starring John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Danny DeVito, Cedric the Entertainer, and Vince Vaughn among many other high-profile entertainers hit theatres today. There’s been a lot of noise about Rock and how his role in the film turns out. I also noticed that there’s been a lot of interest from wrestling fans to see how things turn out for their hero. As of this writing, sources are reporting that Be Cool should debut at #1 in the box office for its first week and it will gross approximately $22.5 million. Of course, this is just a projection. I’ll have the actual number for you later in the week. The movie is a continuation of the 1995 hit Get Shorty. (The word sequel has been used by everyone, but technically it isn’t a sequel.) Get Shorty helped Travolta make a strong return to the main scene, following a series of gimmicked movies (to throw in a wrestling term in there), such as Pulp Fiction. I looked around the web for some reviews on mostly Rock’s work, as well as the movie overall. As you’ll notice below, the general opinion is that the movie is nothing spectacular, with some calling it a failure, however, the bigger news here for wrestling fans is that Rock steals the flick. Here are some opinions on Be Cool.
— The New York Times (This would be the review with the most credibility, and perhaps the one review most people would get to read.)
It is side-splittingly funny to watching this buffed, 290-lb. half-Samoan warble through Loretta Lynn songs and proudly smack his own rear when catching a glimpse of himself in a mirror — and he manages to do this, and much more, without becoming a homosexual caricature. As outlandish as he seems, this guy is the most human character in the movie.”
— The Salt Lake Tribune
— Film Force
— The New York Post
convinced that his talent for raising one eyebrow is his ticket to the big time. Elliott’s audition’ for Chili, playing both Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union’s parts in the cheerleading movie “Bring It On,” is only a warm-up for his swishy country music video.”