The Great Buck Howard

Posted by schnolis on April 8th, 2009 filed in Reviews

The Great Buck HowardThe Great Buck Howard shows us the waning career of “Mentalist” Buck Howard (John Malkovich) and his road assistant Troy Gable (Colin Hanks). We meet Troy as he drops out of Law School. His misery there forces him to evaluate where he wants to spend the rest of his life, but reality forces him to take a job. Through a help-wanted ad in a newspaper he ultimately meets Buck Howard.

Buck is not the easiest guy to work for, though. He’s got a rough tongue and an acerbic temper when things don’t go exactly as he wants. Troy has the right temperament, though, and lets this negativity roll off of him while still absorbing all the positives Buck has to offer.

While Buck Howard is indeed a fictional character, the character is based on the life of The Amazing Kresken. It is likely also the tale of many mid-level talents that circumstance tends to leave behind before they’re ready.

What I liked: Fun storytelling. Everything moved the story forward and I sympathized with the characters. I quickly grew attached and wanted to see what happened to them next. Colin Hanks was light-hearted and fun in this role.

What I disliked: Simplicity. The movie didn’t take enough risks. There weren’t any particularly deep characters, and thus they didn’t have any difficult choices or conflict. Overall the result is kinda boring at times. Overused the “I’m going to quit now…” theme.

Rating: 7 of 10

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