‘Cocaine Bear’ Roars With Irreverent Humor and Outrageous Kills

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In September 1985, a aircraft carrying about $14 million value of cocaine began dumping its payload over Chattahoochee Nationwide Forest in Northern Georgia. Finally, the remnants of the aircraft, its pilot (Andrew Carter Thornton II, also referred to as “The Cocaine Cowboy”), and the cocaine itself can be discovered. Though most of it was intact when it dropped, it wasn’t left solely untouched.

A black bear, sadly, discovered the coke, and after ingesting it handed away. In actual life, that’s the place the story of Cocaine Bear ends. In Elizabeth Banks’s newest launch, it’s the start of a drug-fueled killing rampage in addition to a bizarre, Magnolia-like journey as we comply with a bunch of very distinct and completely different characters linked by the titular bear. It’s a enjoyable – however largely one-note – trip that proves that even an hour and alter is pushing it for such a flimsy however promising premise.

After we see Thornton (Matthew Rhys) make his fateful drop, we meet the characters who will form the story and make up the center of Cocaine Bear. There’s the household: single mother Sari (Keri Russell), daughter Dee Dee (Brooklynn Prince), and household pal Henry (Christian Convery). Sari is making an attempt her greatest, working further hours to make ends meet and making an attempt to have a courting life, and Dee Dee is feeling ignored and distant from her mother.

The day after the drop, Dee Dee enlists Henry to a trek into Chattahoochee Nationwide Forest to color a waterfall — and possibly get her mother’s consideration. There’s additionally the parents on the station, Ranger Liz (Margo Martindale, who can really do no mistaken) and the environmentally-minded Peter (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) in addition to the Duchamps, the “art-gang” obsessive about pop artwork and ruining Ranger Liz’s workday within the title of social disruption.

There are the criminals: infamous drug supplier Syd (Ray Liotta, in his final efficiency), his reluctant and grieving son Eddie (Alden Ehrenreich), and Eddie’s former greatest pal Daveed (O’Shea Jackson, Jr.). Syd, near-possessed in his mission to recoup all of the misplaced coke, sends Eddie and Daveed to the forest to search out it. Lastly, there are the cops making an attempt to resolve all of it: Bob (Isiah Whitlock Jr.) and Officer Reba (Ayoola Good).

The film does effectively to arrange these characters rapidly, not losing any of its quick runtime there. Nevertheless, all of them felt like set dressing for the true star of the present: Cocaine Bear herself (the gender reveal within the movie is actually a girlboss second). With that being stated, there’s no method round one of many largest weaknesses within the film: the CGI and visible results.

CB herself is a CGI creation, and whereas there would have been no different method to do it, she nonetheless appears a little bit clunky at instances. The identical might be stated for the consequences within the bloodier elements of the movie. There are sufficient kills and moments of gore inside Cocaine Bear to make it an unofficial slasher. Loads of these harrowing moments are inventive, well-paced, and usually outrageous. It’s a disgrace they don’t look higher, and recurrently use CGI as a cop-out when sensible results work would have added to the Eighties really feel of the entire affair. 

One other situation that the movie has is its humor. A number of the performances work, largely what Martindale, Prince, or Convery are doing with their characters and comedic timing. It was additionally good to see Liotta at work one final time, bringing some gravitas to the image. For a lot of the runtime, nonetheless, a number of the jokes really feel like they need to be in one thing from the early 2010s. A film can solely stretch the humor of “I F***ING LOVE COCAINE” memes to this point, even when they earn a chuckle right here and there. The comedy in Cocaine Bear is at its greatest when it’s sudden and irreverent, and never afraid to step exterior its snowy consolation zone.

General, Cocaine Bear is enjoyable and irreverent, and value testing even when it isn’t a home-run. Your mileage could range with reference to the idea, however on the very least, the film has enjoyable with its concept and provides us some chuckles alongside the way in which. It’s imperfect, however there are worse methods to spend an hour and a half. If the comedy and unhinged idea aren’t sufficient to promote you, it’s value mentioning that the rating, by Mark Mothersbaugh, is genuinely good. Cocaine Bear is assured to provide you not less than a little bit of a contact excessive, with no real coke mandatory.


‘Cocaine Bear’ nearly runs its premise into the bottom, however delivers some outrageous rampage sequences and laughs alongside the way in which.