Crimewave ★★

I've never seen you here before. I like that in a woman.
-Renaldo the Heel

A dark comedy directed by Sam Raimi and co-written by himself and the Coen Brothers sounds damn amazing. Throw in Bruce Campbell and it sounds like some sort of bizarre dream project. To say this film didn't turn out to be what I had expected is an understatement. I think this movie didn't turn out how anyone expected, Raimi included.

The amount of things that went wrong is incredible. It was Raimi, Campbell and Robert Tapert's first foray into making a studio film and it was rough. The studio interference was all over the place from refusing to let Campbell star in the film, to script cuts, budget cuts, switching the director's composer and editor.

Add a lead actress on cocaine and a supporting actor that trashed his hotel room in an apparent attempt to exorcise a ghost from his light fixtures, you'd be almost tempted to say it's a miracle the film was finished... or coherent. This live action Looney Tunes cartoon does have it's moments of great directing and inspired scenes hidden amongst the chaos however. Sure the bad outweighs the good, but I have to say that I loved every single scene Bruce Campbell was in as Renaldo the Heel. A small role that was expanded by Raimi when the studio refused to let him cast him as the lead.