Bruce A. Evans
The first thing that will probably catch audiences off guard is the fact that the filmmakers never villain-ise Mr. Brooks. He just happens to be a normal guy that likes to kill people. We have to accept that from the very beginning and we as an audience have no problem with it. After all, it is Kevin Costner. The next thing that hits the audience is that we’re left questioning why the hell we’re rooting for him and why we’re nervous he’s going to get caught. He’s a brutal, senseless killer that murders people for no reason other than he gets off on it. We’re supposed to want him to die…right?
One of the reasons we’re so accepting is the fact that the guy is Kevin Costner. Whatever you think about his acting, he brings a lot of charisma and charm to his characters and this wouldn’t have worked without such a likeable actor. I also liked that they gave a physical manifestation of Brooks’ dark side in the form of William Hurt. I enjoyed watching them banter and it added a depth to the character I wasn’t expecting.
I also liked the storyline revolving around Demi Moore. It was just enough to make her character interesting, but not too much to make it distracting. I also liked that they wrapped it up at the end and made it relate to the other storylines. And by the way, it was great to see Moore on the big screen again. I’ve always liked her and she plays the tough girl better than anyone in Hollywood today. MR. BROOKS is a good film that’s scary, funny, intense and dramatic all in one.
Deleted Scenes (6:23): These scenes would have changed the film, but I’m glad they were ultimately cut out. The first showed a bunch of pics of Brooks’ past murder victims and that would have altered his character. The others featured more of Demi’s character and we didn’t really need them.
The Birth of a Serial Killer (7:20): This is a quick featurette focused on the writing of Mr. Brooks. Brooks is a great character and I enjoyed hearing about how he came to be the way he ended up as.
On the Set of Mr. Brooks (9:28): This featured a lot of behind the scenes footage and very few movie scenes. They mentioned a sequel to the film, and I could see that being really cool if it featured the daughter.
Murder on Their Minds (9:09): The cast and writers talk about the various characters in the film and what makes them tick. I liked the fact they got in to the character development and I was happy they talked more about Marshall.
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