The Jesus Rolls (2020) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

The Jesus Rolls (2020) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

The Jesus Rolls (2020) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

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The Jesus Rolls (2020) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
Directed By: John Turturro
STARRING: John Turturro, Susan Sarandon, Bobby Cannavale
RATED: R/REGION A/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Screen Media

Hours after being released from prison, Jesus Quintana (John Turturro) pairs up with fellow misfits Petey (Bobby Cannavale) and Marie (Audrey Tautou), and embark on a freewheeling joyride of petty crime and romance.

I admit I was pretty excited when I was told that The Jesus Rolls was coming out. But then I heard that The Coen Brothers had nothing to do with it and I got a little uneasy about it. While the character of Jesus was a great character from The Big Lebowsky and actor John Turturro was great him taking over as writer and director of this didn’t carry over too well. The Coens gave permission for him to do this since he did come out with Jesus’ characteristic and such in Lebowsky but this isn’t as much fun as I had hoped. Instead, we see John Turturro hit all his famous notes but then there seems to be a whole lot of trying too hard and a whole lot more of randomness that seems to often lose the plot or lose you regardless. I’m sad to report this but I think this semi-official sequel to The Big Lebowsky (probably should say spin-off) will in time will find its self sitting alongside such gems as Showgirls 2 or forgotten altogether.

The story basically follows Jesus as he gets out of jail, teams up with a fellow trouble maker and a hooker, and goes off into a weird adventure that starts and stops. It never really does find its footing and if a shed of hope was ever to be seen this one switches things up and goes in a new direction losing you in the process. If nothing else, this shows that while Jesus was a good character in small doses and in a movie where he doesn’t have to be the focus, he falls apart when he has to take control of a film. This shows us a very hard truth that not every cool side character in a movie needs their own movie. John Turturro is a great actor, but this has no life and it’s a hard movie to finish. Hopefully, this doesn’t start a trend of weird characters from great movies trying to have their own movies.

Extras

  • Audio Commentary with Director John Turturro and co-star Bobby Cannavale
  • Trailers

Quality of Transfer: 97%

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