The Resurgence of ’80s Movies: Road House Remake Review

A review of the modern remake of the cult classic '80s film, Road House, featuring Connor McGregor and Jake Gyllenhaal.

A Blast from the Past: Revisiting the Original Road House

Back in 1989, Road House wasn't exactly Oscar material. It was more about cheesy action and Patrick Swayze's undeniable charm that won over the hearts of many viewers. Fast forward to 2024, and director Doug Liman takes on the challenge of giving this retro gem a fresh coat of paint for a new generation.

Now, let's talk about why this remake caught my eye. First off, it marks the acting debut of the controversial two-time UFC champ, Connor McGregor. And secondly, who can forget that iconic moment from Family Guy where Peter Griffin channels his inner bouncer, all while shouting out the name of the very movie we're discussing?

The Reader's Guide

The Modern Twist

Liman's take on the new Road House promised a modern spin on the original, but does it deliver? Well, upon closer inspection, the movie seems to stick closely to the formula of its predecessor. Although there are some attempts to inject new life into the story, the overall plot feels a bit too predictable, leaving little room for genuine surprises.

Despite its shortcomings, the remake of Road House embraces its absurdity, opting for a more light-hearted approach. With its mix of funny moments and action-packed sequences, the film manages to bring some laughs to the table, even if they're not always intentional. From intense fight scenes to over-the-top action, Road House certainly knows how to keep you entertained, if nothing else.

Jake Gyllenhaal: A Complicated Performance

At the core of the movie is Jake Gyllenhaal, who takes on the role of Elwood Dalton. Gyllenhaal's portrayal adds depth to the character, slowly unraveling Dalton's inner struggles and resilience throughout the chaotic storyline. While Gyllenhaal shines in his role, not every performance in the film hits the mark.

The plot follows Elwood Dalton, a former UFC fighter turned bouncer, as he navigates the chaotic world of a beachside Road House in the Florida Keys. Along the way, he encounters a diverse cast of characters, including the spirited Frankie, the charming nurse Ellie, and the menacing antagonist Ben Brandt.

A Mixed Bag of Action, Comedy, and Connor McGregor

As Elwood faces off against Brandt and his crew, the movie dives into a whirlwind of intense brawls and high-stakes showdowns. However, the addition of Conor McGregor as the unhinged enforcer Knox doesn't always hit the mark, with McGregor's performance bordering on caricature at times. Despite this, McGregor does have his moments and manages to steal the spotlight in some scenes, delivering laughs along the way.

Road House emerges as a film of contradictions – offering both entertainment and flaws in equal measure. While its campy charm and explosive action provide moments of enjoyment, the movie struggles to find its footing amidst a few inconsistencies. However, for fans of the original and newcomers alike, Road House offers a nostalgic journey back in time with a few bumps along the road. So, why not give it a shot?

Fateh Muhammad

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