Way Too Late Review ‘My Name Is Bruce’
Who doesn’t like Bruce Campbell? Everyone likes him. He has become synonymous with low-budget cheesefests and is one of those actors everybody has seen in something whether they know it or not.
I have owned My Name Is Bruce on Blu-ray for a few years now. It was one of those impulse purchases. I saw Bruce’s famous chin peeking at me from the cover and had to have it. It’s taken me this long to get around to watching it, and I have to admit I rather enjoyed it.
The plot bears some similarities to movies that have come before, notably Galaxy Quest. It centers around Bruce Campbell (playing himself of course), worried his career is winding down and that he is becoming a ‘has-been.’ Meanwhile a group of teenagers disturb the resting place of an ancient Chinese god named Guan-Di, sending it on a murderous rampage through the rural town of Gold Lick. The townsfolk enlist Campbell to eradicate the evil due to his ‘experience’ from his movie career. Campbell assumes it’s all fake until he meets Guan-Di in person. From there, it’s Bruce versus Guan-Di in a fight to the death.
Obviously, the plot is bonkers and belongs with the kind of B-movies Campbell is famous for. But it’s also a lot of fun; it never takes itself too seriously. Campell is pulling down double duties here as both director and star and keeps the tongue firmly planted in the cheek. There are gags left, right, and center, numerous references to his past works, and Ted Raimi appears in three different roles. Never let it be said Bruce Campbell forgets his roots.
The acting may not be stellar but, honestly, who’s watching this for the acting. This is a film for fans–not for critics. It adheres to the staples of the B-movie horrors of the eighties: there’s blood, cheesy one-liners, ropey low-budget effects and lots of lightning. This movie is a labour of love. It’s a man paying tribute to his own career.
There is a lot to enjoy here. It may not be for everyone, but if you’re a fan of Campbell or early Raimi movies this is definitely for you, coming highly recommended from a fan of cheesefests.
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