John Leguizamo is one of the most underrated actors out there. He is able to deliver the comedy and drama like few others with a comedy background. His stand up shows are legendary for the same subject matter and he never fails to deliver. His latest film, Fugly! looks to give him a chance to shine doing what he does so well, but does it have the story and structure to do this amazing talent justice or will it live up to the title?
Fugly! follows an artist/comedian whose near death experience gives him the chance to reflect, possibly for the last time, upon his life and love. Known for his envelope pushing performances, his near death experience bends reality to stage and back again. He takes the audience across the universe of his life’s greatest love stories, his quest for fame and the connection both play in understanding who he is underneath it all. This is a pretty simple movie that doesn’t try to use a bunch of crazy twists and turns to make it work, but instead just lets Leguizamo do his thing. There are some aspects that look as though they could mimic some aspects of his career which in turn helps to make him so much better for the role. The film isn’t something we haven’t seen on some level before, but thanks to Leguizamo bringing the perfect blend of humor and emotions to the role makes it so much more than it might have been otherwise. There are some great character moments here that just let the people be just that, people as opposed to the forced over the top characters that a lot of Hollywood films feel the need to force upon the audience. In addition to the brilliance of Leguizamo the film features a great supporting cast including Radha Mitchell, Rosie Perez, Griffin Dunne, and Ally Sheedy. All of them do a great job with their characters, but this is Leguizamo’s show all the way.
There is a lower budget to the production of the film, but it gives is a nice feel that allows it to just let the characters go through their motions and lives while we watch on. This film may or may not work for everyone, but if you are a Leguizamo fan then you will no doubt enjoy getting to see him do what he does best leading the charge with Fugly! On a side note, if you have never had a chance to check out any of Leguizamo’s one man shows, you need to fix that immediately as they are complete works of brilliance.
You can check the trailers out for them at his official site at www.http://johnleguizamo.com/