Becker • Big Lake • Clear Lake • Elk River • Princeton • St. Cloud • Zimmerman



Directed by Doug Liman


From my perspective, the new Road House movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Conor McGregor falls short of expectations, particularly when compared to the gritty charm of the 1989 original. My reservations about the film stem not only from its casting choices and storyline but also from its overreliance on CGI and what appears to be an attempt to capitalize on the original's cult status rather than offer a genuinely compelling narrative.

Firstly, Jake Gyllenhaal, while an undoubtedly talented actor, didn't seem like the right fit for the role of Dalton, a character that originally embodied a unique blend of toughness and philosophical depth. In this remake, Dalton's character lacks the nuanced layers that made Patrick Swayze's portrayal so iconic. Instead of Gyllenhaal, Brad Pitt could have been a far better choice, potentially bringing the requisite charisma and physicality to the role that this movie desperately needed.


Furthermore, Conor McGregor's involvement was another point of contention for me. His acting came across as forced, and his character's integration into the story felt more like a gimmick than a meaningful contribution to the plot. Aside from his performance, I'm not a big fan of McGregor, both as an actor and as a person, which perhaps added to my difficulty in appreciating his role in the film.

The storyline itself is another major issue, feeling both derivative and uninspired. The narrative seems to lean heavily on flashy CGI and other visual effects, which, while occasionally entertaining, can't compensate for the lack of a strong, engaging plot. This reliance on "bells and whistles" suggests an attempt to distract from the film's substantive deficiencies.

Moreover, the remake feels like a sell-out, banking on the nostalgia and success of the original Road House without delivering a film that stands on its own merits. The original movie, with its memorable characters and quotable lines, struck a perfect balance between action and a surprisingly deep exploration of its themes. This new iteration, in contrast, comes off as a shallow attempt to replicate that success without understanding what made the original so beloved.

In conclusion, the Road House remake, despite its potential, ultimately disappoints by failing to capture the essence of what made the first film a classic. Between miscast roles, a lackluster storyline, and an overemphasis on superficial spectacle, it feels like a missed opportunity to introduce a new generation to the Road House legacy or to offer something genuinely fresh to fans of the original. I still think a lot of people will enjoy this film but not my thing. 






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