Blow Out

Blow Out ★★★½

Travolta is the perfect avatar to move through a De Palma film, really just maximizing the slickness of it all, but there is a sort of jaded romanticism here that feels slightly unearned. the brutality of the politics of image-making are felt, and I love De Palma for really sticking his hand out there and making such a beautiful movie for the guys working behind the curtain, but all of the other characters besides Travolta just feel a little bit too joyless for this thing to fire on all cylinders for me. maybe one of my favorite things about De Palma movies are how they find a sense of humor in the absurdity of movie logic, and maybe “Blow out” doesn’t hit as hard because it spends way too much time trying to explain itself; and how "the world works, baby"

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