Film Review: Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Well it’s been a long time since I last save Who Framed Roger Rabbit and once again Empire Magazine had been raving in it’s Reviews section about the releasing of a 25th Anniversary remastered Bluray edition last year and so, having finally waiting for the price to drop to a sensible level. I added it to the collect and put it in the “to watch pile”.

Now, it wasn’t planned, but it does seem rather fitting, although ultimately, extremely sad that in the week Bob Hoskins passed away, I should reach arguably his best known movie and so, I treated it as much as my way of saying thank you Bob, as an attempt to revive childhood memories of cartoon silliness.

Bob Hoskins - Who Framed Roger Rabbit

However, whether it was just me, my mood, or my memories but I just didn’t find the film anything like as exciting, interesting or comedic as I remember. In fact, part one a slightly blue one liner from Hoskins as Eddie Valiant towards Jessica Rabbit, I hardly laughed and the film fell a long, long way short of the so called “6 laugh test”. Which is bizarre because it was a long way short of the film I was expecting, the film I held so dear.

It was simply a case that the humour that the “cartoons” bring to the film just for me left me unquenched and hungry. It all felt to slapstick, too silly. I’m struggling to believe that I ever found it funny if I’m honest. There is just a real lack of maturity to the humour, not in a constant “adult blue” way. It’s not rude or crude. But rather it’s just silly. But then, maybe the problem is that back when I first saw Roger framed for murder, I was at an age that writing 5318008 on a calculator was funny. I adore the Looney Tunes, I have a complete soft sport for the randomness they created with Space Jam, but Roger Rabbit, and his section of “Toon Town” just no longer appeal to my grown up side. And that slightly scares me, because it’s been so long since I last saw Space Jam, I am almost scared to risk it!

The other problem is the plot, it’s just too predictable. You can see the ending, the reveal and the twist coming from the opening moments and that is beyond a problem, as the ending becomes boring and empty, the reveal nothing more than a passing of time as you await it’s arrival and the twist a complete spoiler. It doesn’t fit the rest of the film, it doesn’t feel satisfying and it lowers the maturity levels, from an already not overly lofty position.

Jessica Rabbit

Now, you cannot talk about Who Framed Roger Rabbit without talking about Jessica Rabbit and that scene. However, and I do wonder if I am the only person in the world who thinks this, but I really don’t get what people find so alluringly attractive about the Rabbit’s wife. She is obnoxious, arrogant and up herself. She is drawn in such a way that proportionally she makes Barbie look realistic and I swear if you ever uncovered her left eye you’d probably find she’s got a squint that actually would be more attractive than any other part if only she had the self confidence to show the world rather than hide it away and channel her inner Disney Club child future. I swear she wrote the book on career progression as used by Britney, Christina and Miley.

I just don’t get this film anymore, and am almost sad that in the same way that when I revisited The Matrix trilogy, I was left completely destroyed by the action on screen and how the memories I had of it no longer fitted the films I found Who Framed Roger Rabbit has left me baffled as to why I remembered things so warmly when the source material is so poor. Unlike The Matrix, that just doesn’t fit the modern world we live in and has aged into it’s own demise, I get the feeling that Roger and co were designed purely for the eyes of a child. I’m not convinced I am really meant to still enjoy the film now that I’m older, and if I’m right, that lack of ability to travel backwards and enjoy classic childhood memories is a sad, and unfitting way to salute Bob Hoskins as he takes he final curtain.

I am certain I am not the target audience, but I wasn’t the target audience for Frozen, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit has sunk so low now, that I actually enjoyed Frozen more!

5 out of 10 stars (5 / 10)

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