Good day to you ladies and gents, its film review time once again and today I’m reviewing Cuban Fury. Now I wanted to watch this film after watching the funny trailer last year. However I missed it and I thought I’d never get the chance to see it, but through the power of Cineworld I got my second win! So did the film turn out well or not? Read on and find out.
So the story goes like this:
“Former teen salsa champion Bruce Garrett (Frost) is now a sad-sack engineer. But his passion for dancing is re-ignited by his crush on his gorgeous new boss Julia (Rashida Jones) and the only way he can win her over is by mastering the art of dance. Now all Bruce needs to do is rediscover his inner passion.”
I thought the story was good, though it wasn’t as good as I expected. I feel like the story surrounding Bruce’s history with dancing and how he get back into the groove of salsa follows a familiar formula, and it is okay, but doesn’t do much to be unique. It light on drama and heavy on humour. The humour is full of loads of sexual jokes among other things and some of it works, but it does get a bit repetitive after a while.
When it comes to the cast they are good, but only a few of them are memorable in the grand scheme of things. Nick Frost as Bruce is great, he’s funny, charming and is definitely able to carry a film on his own. At times his character a be a bit of a whiny bitch, but for the most Frost brings fire and heart to the role. The next big name in this film is Chris O’Dowd as Drew. Now I love O’Dowd in almost everything, but this has to be my most disliked role for him, don’t get me wrong, the dude is funny and has some great moments whether they be verbal or physical. However his character is just a douche, just very unlikable and very annoying to be around. If I were Bruce I would have beaten the crap out of the guy. The other main lead is Rashida Jones as Julia and unfortunately she doesn’t stand out as much as Frost or O’Dowd. Now I love me some Rashida Jones, especially in Parks and Recreation, however in this film her character is really plain, underutilized and not very colourful when compared to some of the other people.
The other supporting character is worth talking about is Kayvan Novak as Bejan, this guy was funny. He has a very camp, bubbly and energetic personality and is the source of so much of the film’s humour. Clearly one of the film’s highlights for sure. As for the rest well they range from good to okay to forgettable. Olivia Colman is great as Sam, she has some funny moments and I liked her character. Ian McShane as Ron is good but isn’t given much to do. And people like Alexandra Roach as Helen and Rory Kinnear as Gary have their moments but aren’t very memorable. Oh and there is also one cameo in this film that I won’t spoil, but my god was it good! So funny. 😄
The best aspects of this film is dancing and music. I am a massive fan of salsa dancing, I think it is sexy, complex, technical and it looks cool as hell. My mum used to do it a lot and I’ve always wanted to take up the dance because it looks like fun and this film reinforces those feelings. The film shows off the dance in all it’s techniques to great effect. The soundtrack for the most part is great because it is filled with all that great Latin music that makes you wanna get up and dance.
In conclusion Cuban Fury is a good film with a fun if somewhat generic story, it has laughs but not all of them hit and the cast are good, but some are forgettable. The soundtrack and dancing for me really make the film worth watching because that’s the kind of stuff I love. I think there is an audience for this film, it is very British and some will definitely love it, but I expected more.
Rating: 6.5/10 (The music and dancing is the best part for me)
So what did you think of Cuban Fury? Have you seen it or are you gonna see it? Whatever your thoughts are drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo! 😀
Chris O’Dowd as Drew