Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) – 7/10 period fantasy detective action comedy movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Writer (Screenplay): Jeffrey Price
Writer (Screenplay): Peter S. Seaman
Producer: Robert Watts
Producer: Frank Marshall
Bob Hoskins: Eddie Valient
Christopher Lloyd: Judge Doom
Writer (Original Book) “Who Censored Roger Rabbit?”: Gary K. Wolf
Executive Producer: Steven Spielberg
Director of Animation: Richard Williams
Charles Fleischer: the voice of Roger Rabbit
Stubby Kaye: Maroon
Joanna Cassidy: Dolores

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Toon town boss R.K. Maroon is found dead after toon star Roger Rabbit discovers that his wife, Jessica, had been playing pat-a-cake with him. Roger turns to alcoholic private detective Eddie Valiant is a bid to clear his name but Valiant’s had enough of toons to last him a lifetime.

7/10

Technically astonishing, yes, but the real surprise is a story and lead characters that work and make you forget the make-believe miracles happening on-screen. An outstanding reference-quality live-action performance from Bob Hoskins that should have earned him at least an Oscar nomination is backed up by unforgettable bad guy work from Christopher Lloyd and great voice acting from Charles Fleischer and Kathleen Turner / Amy Irving (who also get one of the all-time great screen entrances). Tonally, it’s a bit off in places with the climax particularly horrific and not just for a BBFC PG; it’s one of the most graphically and unforgettably horrible villain exits ever filmed and is absolutely not for children.

This movie contains bad language, adult dialogue and extremely graphic and extremely unpleasant scenes and graphic violence.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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