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Scott Ventura >> Movie Commentary >> September 1999 >> Go


Movie Commentary by Scott Ventura


Scott's Rating:
5 / 5
Times Seen:
Viewing Dates on Record:
September 1999, May 2000
IMDB Name:
Go (1999)
Doug Liman
adventure, comedy, crime
MPAA Rating:
R for strong drug content, sexuality, language and some violence.

Liman Non-Lemon

Swingers almost put me to sleep. That was director Doug Liman's first big movie, and I thought it might be the last of his I'd be willing to see. Guess not! Go is a devilishly clever movie. There's a lot packed into a very small space, and it's hard to come out the other end with everything intact. The same story is told in three chapters, following different characters who intersect in interesting ways. "South Park" recently did a triple-episode parody of this particular non-linear narrative style. The characters are all interesting, the story never loses steam, and when they sneak in, the laughs are big.

Déjà vu

I've seen these guys before! Most of the faces in Go were recognizable, though not particularly easy to identify why. William Fichtner was the first: he played Kent in Contact. Jane Krakowski, when she finally appeared, was easy because I watch "Ally McBeal". Jay Mohr and Scott Wolf were tougher to place because I've never been a fan of "Party of Five" and I've still never seen Jerry Maguire.

No Pulp

If you look at the reviews linked below, every one mentions Pulp Fiction, and usually in the first paragraph! It seems as though there is an irresistable temptation for critics to associate the two, and always with Go losing out. Sorry, folks, but I don't care. I didn't like Pulp much when I saw it, and I'll be revisiting it at some point, but I love this movie in the meantime.

DVD Comments

You can't fault this disc for completeness. In addition to a director/editor commentary, there are fourteen deleted scenes, music videos, a trailer (watch for the clip that's not in the movie), a making-of featurette, and some cast biographies. The commentary is very interesting, and the deleted scenes take a few segments in entirely different directions, which probably would've worked just as well.The menus are blissfully simple, making navigation very straightforward. The subtitles are presented in large, yellow text that's very easy to read. In the letterbox presentation, the text never goes beyond the top of the bottom matte, which is very courteous of it. The video for the re-mix of Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride" is assembled from the movie and new footage with the four guys from Simon's chapter of the movie. The video is letterboxed, but I was surprised when I noticed that it isn't the same aspect ratio as the movie proper.

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