Reviews: Who Framed Roger Rabbit
One of a kind
Advancing special effects are impressive, but this film reminds us of the downside. There will never be another movie like Roger Rabbit, because today, there's just no call to go to that kind of effort. Of course, it's not just the effects. It's the story, which is a loving send up of the film noir. It's the only one like it, and that makes an amazing movie a gem akin to the Hope Diamond.
Nothing Like It
This film is one of a kind. The story is intriguing, its characters are well-developed, and it's animation is the best I've seen in originally animated films yet, which makes since considering how much it costed. Let's start at the plot. So it opens up like a classic slapstick cartoon. Roger Rabbit is watching Baby Herman, and hilarity ensues. But Roger accidentally messes up, and everything stops, revealing that toons and humans exist in the same universe. Eddie Valiant is hired to investigate Roger's wife Jessica, who is rumored to be having an affair with Marvin Acme. After showing Roger pictures of her playing patty-cake (quite literally) with acme, he grows extremely upset and storms out, leaving a Roger shaped whole in the wall. The next day, Acme is found dead, and Roger is the number one suspect. The story is well-written, and the plot was crisp. Now let's review the characters: Eddie Valiant: A human detective with a prejudice against toons, who ends up working with Roger, who's innocent of the crime. Roger Rabbit: A cartoon rabbit who lives by the Rule Of Funny, and has been framed for a crime he didn't commit. Judge Doom: The mysterious antagonist who's out to get Roger, and has created a concoction that can murder toons. Jessica Rabbit: The highly attractive Femme Fatal who was caught playing patty-cake with Marvin Acme, and could be another contender in the crime. I recommend this truly amazing movie that will have you guessing until the end. Who framed Roger Rabbit?
''Who Framed Roger Rabbit"
Who Framed Roger Rabbit, in essence a private detective story set in a world where cartoon characters are just as real and alive as you and me and coexist freely with humans, is unlike any other film this troper has ever seen, and to this day remains his favorite. The writing is nothing short of brilliant, the special effects are top-notch, and the characters are all very likeable. As a whodunit, it's a bit easy to figure out, but that's not hte point; the joy of this movie comes from watching the strange and hilarious interaction between the two most mismatched leads in film history: a hard-boiled 1947 L.A. private-eye and a cartoon rabbit who's as crazy as he is naive. Please, please don't file this one in the kiddy comedy bin; that would be a grave injustice. No matter who you are, no matter how old you are, I offer my most solemn guarantee: this film will enchant you.