Howdy ladies and gents, time for another quick review and today I’m talking about Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Now I saw this film as a kid around 7 years old and there was a lot of adult-related stuff that went over my head, it wasn’t until I watched the film as a teenager that I started to understand the more grown-up elements of the film. I’ve always loved Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls as I’ve seen it countless times on VHS, but I’ve only seen the first film once fully so I thought I’d give it a watch today and see how it holds up. 🙂
The plot can be summed up as the following: “When the mascot of the Miami Dolphins gets stolen, pet detective Ace Ventura is tasked with finding and returning it before the football team play in the upcoming Super Bowl.” This is a strange plot mainly because it takes a normal story of kidnapping and turns it into an elaborate adventure full of intriguing twists and turns and bizarre revelations that’s just so weird and random, and yet it is still fun to watch. If you don’t take the film too seriously and get lost in its madness you’ll enjoy its sense of humour and over-the-top antics. Also the number of adult references I missed as a kid was incredible, I won’t mention any spoilers but some of the foreshadowing and eventual reveals in the plot blew my mind rewatching it today. I’m not sure how much this will resonate with younger audiences who weren’t around in the 90’s or people who aren’t into comedies that are a little out of the realm of realism, but for those who stick with it, you get a really fun little adventure full of laughs and surprises. The cast was really good. Firstly you have Jim Carrey as Ace Ventura, and he is great as this very weird, over-the-top and silly guy who is also very caring, smart and resourceful. Someone like him shouldn’t exist, and on occasions, he does get annoying, but Carrey’s so magnetic and charming that you can’t help but like him. Also, this performance along with The Mask and Dumb and Dumber is what made Carrey famous, and why he went on to do a lot of great work in comedic and serious roles, it was stuff like this that made Carrey fun and memorable. Courteney Cox is beautiful and tough as Chief Publicist Melissa Robinson and she has good chemistry with Carrey. Oh and Sean Young as Lt. Lois Einhorn she was really good as the head of the police department who was stern, uptight and mean. Plus I never noticed until this year that it was Young from Blade Runner in this film, I’m so blind haha. I also liked Tone Lōc as Emilio, the funny moments with Dan Marino and a nice appearance from Udo Kier as Ronald Camp too. I also really liked the film score from Ira Newborn as it has a very 80’s inspired sound with some spy/Mission: Impossible elements mixed in which worked really well. In conclusion, In Bruges was is a strange yet really funny film with a memorable central performance from Jim Carrey, and is definitely worth a watch if you want to see the origins of Carrey during the early days of his rise to stardom in the 90’s.
So have you seen In Bruges and if so what did you think of it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters! 😀