Prior to this week, I hadn’t revisited Enemy of the State since the late 1990s. It was a movie I saw in theaters and thought was good and later bought on DVD because in 1999 I bought every movie I thought was good on DVD. I still own that copy and it’s the one I watched. It was the right way to go because it felt more of the period with its “so much better than VHS, so much worse than Blu-ray” quality. It took me back to the late ‘90s, when a movie as good as Enemy of the State was commonplace and easy to take for granted. Watching it with 2018 eyeballs, it’s surprisingly terrific and has aged very well. It’s a time capsule of many trends and filmmaking traits that are no longer as much in fashion.
The Fugitive in a lot of ways and he fits the part well while still banking on the charm that elicited audience goodwill long past the days he started doing mostly shitty movies after Enemy of the State. Looking back, while I’m sad it (debatably) never got as good for Will Smith as it did in late ’98, I’m happy he had a run as strong as he did from 1995’s Bad Boys until Enemy of the State. There was nothing cooler to me than Will Smith during that time and, as someone who loves the star system and bemoans its lack of importance in today’s film scene, he was an actor I rooted for.
High Fidelity) where Jack Black fawns over the other-worldly mystique of Lisa Bonet. He has a line about how “I’d let her ruin my life” that took me aback on this viewing. Want to know why? I have said that line for 20 years about “dangerous” women I’ve had crushes on and I didn’t remember until now that it was originally from Jack Black talking about Lisa Bonet in Enemy of the State. How weird is that?
Tony Scott such as this one. They had such great style as collaborators and when they made Enemy of the State it was just a matter of sitting back and admiring the machine hum along at peak operating efficiency. I just love that Tony Scott dug his ending for True Romance so much that he repeated it in this film. I don’t blame him; it’s great, especially when Gene Hackman wants more of the NSA guys to get shot so he’s yelling “C’mon! Get in there. People are dying!!!” and the dumbass agents are all like “Omg, what do we do? Let’s walk into certain death so this old man will stop yelling at us!” It’s so great. This whole movie is so great and emblematic of many things I love about movies, which is why it’s no longer just a movie I like but now a movie I’m thankful for.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!