Retro Review: Lake Placid

Well first there was King Kong, then Godzilla and Jaws after that. Well it looks like Hollywood went fishing in that well one more time as they dream up a 30-foot Crocodile.

“Lake Placid” stars Bridget Fonda, Bill Pullman, and Oliver Platt are investigators trying to find out how this “Croc” landed in Maine of all places.

Scripted by Ally McBeal creator David E. Kelley we start to see a film that has a wonderful start but wears out its welcome after about 30 minutes.

The film’s opening is tense and “Jaws-esque” but as the movie introduces paleontologist Fonda, we begin to wonder what this Ally McBeal clone has to do with a 30-foot Crocodile.

What does the Fish and Game department need with a paleontologist?

So Kelley’s throws us an unfaithful boyfriend and the excuse to runaway from her problems. Isn’t Kelley that pro-woman writer?

Don’t get me wrong some of these cliches are humorous but do we really need this in a monster movie? And with a running time of only 83 minutes we never really get to know anyone.

The real good moments have to be in the unpredictable and often-ludicrous acting of Oliver Platt and the scene stealing Betty White. Plus the wizardry of Stan Winston’s Giant Crocodile on land is as awesome as usual. All I can say is skip this one and wait for “Deep Blue Sea” coming in two weeks.

(2 out of 5)

So Says the Soothesayer.

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