The wild new movie Cocaine Bear has released a new TV spot featuring some of the film’s first critical reviews – apparently being voted “the greatest movie of all time” by a critic.
i am a bear of the people pic.twitter.com/6wAgDsG4sJ
— Cocaine Bear (@cocainebear) January 24, 2023
Cocaine Bear was inspired by the 1985 true story of a pair of drug smugglers who made a mistake and ended up dumping a shipment of cocaine in the wilderness between Georgia and Tennessee. A black bear found the cocaine and swallowed it all, eventually found dead of a cocaine overdose. Actress/director/producer Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect) turns that wild slice of Americana story into a full-blown horror/comedy, depicting what happened in the woods of Georgia when that Cocaine Bear (aka “Pablo Escobear”) went ballistic. on that Colombian nose candy.
That should be clear from the pictures Cocaine Bear doesn’t take himself too seriously and keeps his tongue firmly planted in his cheek. Even the critics’ reviews are blatant exaggerations, though they may really want moviegoers to know that this movie is everything the title promises. That is, a concept so wacky and over the top that it could easily be given that kitschy, “so bad it’s good” label that horror often likes to wear as a badge of honor.
Cocaine Bear will also feature a great lineup of actors chewing scenery in the best way. That list includes Matthew Rhys (The Americans, Perry Mason), Isiah Whitlock Jr. (The wire), Alden Ehrenreich (Solo: A Star Wars Story), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight out of Compton, Godzilla: King of the Monsters), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern family), Kristofer Hivju (Game of Thrones), Brooklyn Prince (The Florida Project), Christian Convery-Jennings (Sweet tooth), Margo Martindale (Justified, The Watcher) and one of the last screen appearances of the late (and great) Ray Liotta. 21 Jump Street and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse duo Christopher Miller and Phil Lord produce through their Lord Miller Productions venture, with Elizabeth Banks co-producing and directing.
The titular Bear was created through a combination of WETA digital effects and motion capture by an actor (Allan Henry) trained by Andy Serkis. “He knew very well how to walk as a four-legged friend with prostheses,” Elizabeth Banks previously explained. “It’s a whole skill set. There are very few artists in the world who really specialize in this.” Banks quipped, “Cokey trumps The Revenant wear out every time.”
Synopsis: After ingesting a duffel bag full of cocaine, an American black bear goes on a murderous rampage in a small Georgia town, where a group of locals and tourists must band together to survive the onslaught.
Fans are already betting on Oscar recognition for this performance. Cocaine Bear has a release date of February 24.
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