Con Air

Con Air ★★★½

This movie shouldn’t work - it’s bloated, underwritten, the performances are nuts and the story barely follows any kind of logic. It’s a movie that can’t sing Michael Bay, but hums the tune alright, then gets bored and launches into a terrible Silence of the Lambs solo. But nobody puts this much work, and creativity, and fun into a bad movie anymore - it’s a unique thing relic of a different time, and as much as it is a cobbled together mess of overacting and on-the-fly rewrites, it’s also working hard to earn your attention, and it’s funny, and ridiculous and slightly, slightly, charming.

Also, that Dave Chappelle scene is worth the price of admission, even if he’s not really in it.