There are bad movies that are bad because they're simply flawed and there
are bad movies that seem to go out of their way to be agonizingly awful.
Cool World seems to be the latter.
Starring: Gabriel Byrne, Kim Basinger, and
The story, such as it is, involves a cartoon alternate universe called
Cool World. It's inhabited by 'doodles,' which are cartoon characters
and 'noids,' which are humans. The 'noids' are prevented from having sex
with the 'doodles' by a cop (Brad Pitt), who has been sucked into Cool
World from post-World War II Las Vegas by accident. A cartoonist named
Jack Deebs (Gabriel Byrne), who authors a comic book called Cool World,
believes he created this alternate universe and a character named Holli
Would (Kim Basinger). Deebs, who's just been released from prison, seems
to want to have sex with Holli. Hence, cartoon sex cop Pitt has something
to do: prevent Holli from having sex with Deebs.
Now, there's a lot going on in Cool
World and most of it is unrelated
to the plot or the characters. The problem is that that stuff happens
at the same time as the stuff relating to the plot and the characters,
forcing you to try to sift through each scene for relevant information.
The interaction between the cartoon 'doodles' and the human 'noids' is
pretty lousy. Pitt and Byrne, in particular, seem to be looking past the
'doodles' they're supposedly talking to and it spoils the illusion that
these characters are sharing the same space. Shattering that illusion,
which is essentially the whole point of the movie, ruins the film.
World does have some really inspired moments, but they're buried
under too much irrelevant noise from the bad sets, poor animation, horrible
screenplay and sub-par performances. Stick with Who Framed Roger Rabbit? if you want to see cartoons lust for humans or vice versa.
World received a rather cool response from the public, making only
$14 million dollars in its theater run. (Source: The
Internet Movie Database)