Cocainorso, a film that mixes horror, comedy and the 80s. The review

John Ford knew it very well: Here we are in the West, where if the legend becomes reality, the legend wins. A maxim that is also valid for horror cinema and that Elizabeth Banks followed to the letter. After direct reboot dCharlie’s Angels, the actress goes back behind the camera to sign Cocaine Bear (Cocaine Bear), in theaters from April 20. The feature film is inspired by the true story of Andrew Thornton, a former narcotics agent turned drug trafficker. On September 11, 1986, the man aboard a Cessna 404 aircraft carried around 35 kilos of cocaine from Colombia into the American skies. Due to engine failure, the pusher was forced, together with the bag with the drugs, to jump with a parachute, which however did not open. Three months later, a black bear was found dead in the Georgia woods, specifically in the Chattahoochee National Forest. The autopsy revealed that the animal had died of an overdose after eating part of the coca transported by Thornton, without killing or injuring humans. Moreover, the aforementioned mammal Pablo Eskobear it was embalmed and is on display in the town of Lexington in Kentucky. On the big screen, the incident becomes a mere pretext for orchestrating a film in which horror and comedy dance side by side. An irreverent entertainment film that plays with splatter and demented humor. A kind of What a barrel (of cocaine) if you meet bears, alter the famous of the 1975 title with Walter Matthau.

An over the top horror comedy

Cocainbear is a game, a divertissement, a stoned comedy, a guilty pleasure oozing blood and alkaloids. This can be understood from the initial sequences punctuated by the song Jane by Jefferson Airplane, just like We Hot American Summer, the cult comedy starring Banks in 2001. And the joking tone continues with the information and advice on how to behave in the event of an attack by a black bear, taken from WIKIPEDIA. In short, the film jokes about the barrage of clichés that are peppered with so many films that stage the eternal conflict between man and nature. Choosing to rely completely on computer-generated imagery to recreate the animals featured in the film proves even more how the work has nothing to do with reality and recent tragedies. Net of the ecological message (the real villain of the film is man) the director is interested in entertaining with an over the top film, ready to parody iB-Movie, Sharknado and to all its many followers. On the other hand, Elizabeth knows the mechanisms of politically incorrect humor, thanks to her interpretations in works such as 40 years virgin, Zack & Miri – Love at… first sex, Our idiot brother.

Cocainorso conquering the eighties

Between a couple of reckless hikers named Olaf and Elsa, similar to the characters in Frozen – The realm of iceoe three cast members, Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Margo Martindale, who starred together in the TV series Americans, Cocainbear it also marks the last appearance of Ray Liotta, who passed away on May 22, 2022. Once again, the star of Goodfellas plays the role of an unscrupulous criminal with orange-lens glasses, obsessed with cocaine. The heroine, in the sense of the courageous female protagonist, not the drug, is instead a single mother with a daughter who is passionate about painting and a bedroom covered with posters of Billy Idol, Adam Ant, Madonna, Cindy Lauper, Duran Duran and Depeche Mode . And the group of Dave Gahan and Martin Gore participates in the soundtrack with the song Just Can’t Get Enough. You know, the allure of the Eighties reproposed today in the cinema or on TV makes everything better. Like the salt on the edge of the glass of a Margherita cocktail.