Freddy vs. Jason (movie review)

This movie has no business being any good, but Freddy vs. Jason is entertaining – at least, it’s entertaining if you grew up with these monsters. At 97 minutes, there’s no bloat to complain about, so, still to this day, FVJ remains one of the most pleasant surprises I can recall at the movies.

The story is interesting!
“Nowadays everybody wanna talk like they got somethin’ to say
“But nothin’ comes out when they move their lips
“Just a bunch of gibberish
“And motherf@ckers act like they forgot about Freddy.”
I know, that subheader was too long. Sorry.
Since Jason doesn’t talk, the story mostly revolves around Freddy, with a nice recap of some of his better moments from previous films. (Which, in retrospect, might have been a mistake since there aren’t any kills in this movie as good as what we see in the montage.) That point is, the citizens of Springwood have forgotten about Freddy, and since his powers come from their fear, he’s about as useful as Jason at a debate.

(Yeah, the Freddy movies take place in Springwood, Ohio. I don’t know why – you can clearly see palm trees in most of the movies when they’re outside – they’re certainly in California, so why what state they’re in matters, I don’t know, but whatever…)
(Also, that simile was terrible. Shame on me!)

Anyway, there are cool elements and little details that keep you interested. The kids who are on the ‘no dream’ drug, the kids in the dreamless coma, Jason’s nightmare at Crystal Lake (where we finally see what we’ve always been told about Jason’s past – well done there!), which leads into my favorite shot in the movie… stuff like that.

The acting is competent! The characters are sorta interesting!

There’s some decent acting going on in this flick! Monica Keena (Undelecred) does a good job of leading the flick as does Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger, who never ceases to amaze me with his ability to make the ridiculous credible. We’ve also got a discount Jason Mewes in there (seriously, this guy is dressed like Jay from the Kevin Smith movies, doing a Jay impression… it’s something) and Paula Shaw does a great Betsy Palmer impression as Mrs. Vorhees. Jason Ritter probably has the most to work with as Will Rollins, the escaped mental patient… there’s some good stuff in there.

The deaths are not especially memorable.
This is a huge problem for a movie of this genre. There’s just too many characters who’s deaths, while gorey, just don’t stick out the way, say, anyone’s death does in the first Nightmare on Elm Street. The deaths aren’t bad, but they’re not great.

But, there’s still some cool visuals.
The movie does a good job with the camera and visuals in general (memorable deaths aside), and there’s a blue vs red motif going on – blue for Jason, red for Freddy. But my favorite sequence is (by far) the part where Freddy jumps out of the lake. It is awesome.

And some terrible CGI.
Yeah, I see what they were trying to do with the CGI monster as a reference to the third Elm Street movie, but… yeah., not so great. There’s some CGI blood that is also tough to look at, especially 11 years later.

The bottom line is that if you have even a passing interest in this franchsies, you’ve gotta see this movie. It’s fun, it moves fast, and unlike most popcorn movies, it’s not two hours long, which goes a long way when the point isn’t really telling an amazing story, but instead, just having a ton of fun.

Check out Freddy vs. Jason for (if no other reason) to see Robert Englund’s final performance as the one who made millions of kids my age start drinking coffee.

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