DVD Review: 'The Last Godfather'
Need a little Korean comedy flavoring in your typical American mafia flick? Well, Actor/Director Hyung Rae Shim and the good folks over at Lionsgate have got you covered with the new DVD release of "The Last Godfather" hitting shelves August 9 - specs below!
Title: "The Last Godfather"
Grade: 3 1/2
Cast: Harvey Keitel, Jason Mewes, Jocelin Donahue
Director: Hyung Rae Shim
Runtime: 100 minutes
Release Company: Lionsgate
The Flick: For a movie that on the outside frankly looks awful and by all intensive purposes should most likely be buried in a ditch somewhere, "The Last Godfather" actually has its moments. Set up to be a comedic send up of the mafia movie movement, led by ever-gangster Harvey Keitel, the flick keeps from sleeping with the fishes thanks in large part to unlikely leading man and director Hyung Rae Shim. Part Jackie Chan, part dim Curly ala the Stooges, Shim takes silly and dense to a whole other comedic level playing the long-lost son of Keitel’s Don. Plus the wise Korean filmmaker has peppered his supporting cast with some winners including amazing House of the Devil gal wonder Jocelin Donahue (why isn't she working more?!) as a fetching mob rival’s daughter and a surprisingly effective Jason 'Jay' Mewes as a gun toting heavy. (Who knew Mewes would take to this material?!) In any case the flick isn't without cheese and Grade B movie moments (Jon Polito knows how to chew the scenery!), but for what it is this goofy Godfather commands a modicum of respect.
Best Feature: Theatrical trailer aside, this one has not a single extra – not even some Jocelyn interview or on-set moments! (Shame!)
Best Hidden Gem: Again, got to go with the Donahue. That amazing actress can take on any role, any genre and come out on top – one to watch!
Worth the Moola: Put aside all brain function and embrace your inner goof and this one might be an offer you might not want, maybe, perhaps, on a good day, to refuse.