Fool’s Paradise Blu Ray Review (Lionsgate)
Fool’s Paradise is a 2023 satirical comedy film written and directed by actor Charlie Day (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Cool Kids, I want you Back, and How it Ends) in his directorial debut. It grossed $855,173 during it’s limited theatrical run. A mute John Doe (played by: Charlie Day from The Super Mario Bros, Fist Fight, Pacific Rim: Uprising, and Hotel Artemis) with the mental capacity of a five-year-old is released from a mental hospital when the state cannot afford his treatment. He begins living on the streets and taking direction from whomever he comes across. While making a biopic about Billy the Kid, the Producer is incensed that method actor Sir Tom Bingsley (played by: Charlie Day from Horrible Bosses 1/2, The Lego Movie 1/2, Pacific Rim, and Going the Distance) refuses to leave his trailer. Since this costs the film time and money, the Producer (played by: Ray Liotta from Goodfellas, Cop Land, Smokin Aces, Narc, Cocaine Bear, Hannibal, and Field of Dreams) resorts to using a stand-in. The Producer comes across the John Doe selling oranges on the street and hires him due to the striking resemblance to Bingsley. Meanwhile, Lenny (played by: Ken Jeong from The Hangover Trilogy, Scoob!, My Spy, Dr Ken, and Community) is a struggling publicist who has not been able to maintain one client since moving to L.A. and bribes his way onto studio lots to look for talent. Lenny sees John Doe filming the biopic and misunderstands his name to be “Latte Pronto” due to the Producer demanding coffee. After Bingsley dies in a misguided method acting technique of hanging himself, “Billy the Kid” is forced to continue filming with Pronto as the star.Although hindered by Pronto’s lack of acting talent and his continued looks directly into camera, his co-stars Christiana Dior (played by: Kate Beckinsale from the Underworld franchise, Click, Van Helsing, Vacancy, Pearl Harbor, and Total Recall) and Chad Luxt (played by: Adrien Brody from Winning Time, The Pianist, Predators, Peaky Blinders, Summer of Sam, and King Kong) are inspired by the unique avant-garde performance and emulate his acting style. Critics praising Pronto’s performance of breaking the fourth wall by looking into the camera. At the after party, Lenny asks Pronto to confirm they will never end their business relationship. When Pronto cannot respond to Lenny’s request. He gets an offer to star in “Mosquito Boy” directed by Lex Tanner (played by: Jason Sudeikis from Ted Lasso, Horrible Bosses 1/2, We’re the Millers, Booksmart, and Hall Pass). Pronto is blamed in the media after getting arrested during the production. Pronto is injured and a stand-in is used for the majority of the movie. The movie is a colossal failure at the box office and Pronto’s representation leaves him. Dior is frustrated with her husband’s failing stardom so she divorces him, takes the children, and begins dating Luxt. Pronto goes back to living on the street. Pronto befriends a homeless man named Dagger (played by: Common from Smokin Aces, John Wick Chapter 2, and Suicide Squad) and saves his life, gaining media acclaim and is awarded the Key to the City by the Mayor of Los Angeles. The Mayor privately encourages Pronto to run for office on an anti-corporate platform since his acting career is over. The rich and powerful Cote brothers (played by: Tom O’Rion from Major Dad and John Malkovich from Con Air) have Pronto kidnapped to discourage his political career. He gets another chance at acting after dealing with so much bad luck and he agrees to leave politics to the Cote brothers. Can the once rising star get back into his former life before it’s all too late????Are you a Charlie Day fan? If so, you might really enjoy this one considering he’s the star, he wrote the script, and he directed this satire. Day definitely went with a weird approach for this comedy. He made the lead character a mute in Fool’s Paradise. I find it very bizarre because he’s hilarious and his voice is unique plus it always add to his style of humor. I think he had a solid performance here but honestly it wasn’t what I was expecting from him. It has some interesting costumes, set designs, and cinematography that makes it stand out a little more compared to your typical comedy. The best thing about Fool’s Paradise is it’s all star cast. It’s loaded with talent and familiar faces, Day must have called in all his favors for this one. It has Ray Liotta, Jason Sudeikis, John Malkovich, Common, Ken Jeong, Adrien Brody, Kate Beckinsale, Jason Bateman, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Edie Falco, Jimmi Simpson, Dean Norris, Glenn Howerton, and George Lopez. I enjoyed Fool’s Paradise because it’s very weird and somewhat original but I’m honestly not sure how much I would want to revisit it in the future. It’s definitely worth checking out at least once.Let’s discuss this high definition presentation from Lionsgate! This 1080p (2.39:1) transfer looks better than your typical comedy. It has some stylized and interesting sets during it’s running time here. This is a solid visual feature and I honestly wasn’t expecting that. It has a English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. It’s not going to blow up your speakers or be one of your favorite audio releases but it does it’s job. All of the dialogue is very clean, the chaos is elevated, and the music has a killer boost to it. It has English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles. The only special feature on this disc is the “Theatrical Trailer”. It also includes a slipcover and a digital code. It’s available everywhere right now, CHECK IT OUT!!!!