Movie of the Week – 30/05/16

Do you ever get the feeling that everything in your life just isn’t right? That there’s something lurking beneath the surface? That maybe you’re not quite who you think you are? That you’re actually a government assassin suffering from amnesia and not, as you were led to believe, an unassuming housewife in a small US town?

If so, that’s kind of messed up. It’s also, coincidentally, the plot of “The Long Kiss Goodnight”. So we’ll stick with the film and not your loosening grip on reality.

The 1980’s were a golden time for action thrillers. Think of all the great action thrillers you love, and they were probably made in the 80’s. If they weren’t, then shut up. Once the 90’s came, studios slowed down with the mindless films and started boring audiences with comprehendible plots, solid writing and character development.

But Shane Black was never one to follow trends. Being the creator of the Lethal Weapon series, it’s no surprise that he stuck with what works: buddy movies with explosions. It’s a formula he’s followed his entire career. And thank god for that, because he came up with a real gem with “The Long Kiss Goodnight”.

It stars Geena Davis (remember her? Of course you don’t!), as an amnesiac trying to find out who she is while also trying to balance her new found family life, and Samuel L Jackson as Samuel L Jackson, the seedy PI trying to help her. And that’s pretty much all you need to know. There’s a plot in there somewhere, but like all good films it’s largely irrelevant.

In fact, TLKG (which is what all the cool kids call it), is one of those movies that you don’t really remember what happened afterwards. You just remember that you really loved it. That’s possibly because I’ve only every seen it while drunk, or maybe it really is that magical a movie? Though I’m pretty sure it’s the drunk thing.

“The Long Kiss Goodnight” is on Wednesday at 22:00, on 3e.