Cocaine Bear review: Banks' ridiculous and crude thriller is a crowd-pleaser

Cocaine Bear is exactly what one would expect from its title, yet the carnage and shocking scenes create an experience that exceeds expectations.

Nothing sounds more ludicrous than the thought of a black bear snorting a few pounds of cocaine and going on a rampage. But that's the premise of Universal Pictures' newest dark comedy action flick, "Cocaine Bear." Elizabeth Banks directs this hilarious tale from Jimmy Warden, inspired by the 1985 death of former Narcotics Officer Andrew Thornton. After dumping more than 800 pounds of cocaine mid-flight, Thornton's stash was scattered across Georgia. When a black bear gets hold of it, its fast addiction proves to be extremely dangerous for anyone who stops it from getting more.

Of course, Warden's script took too much creative liberty in the way it revealed the almost unbelievable story of the famous "Cocaine Bear". Yet for all its absurdity the film is stunning, providing fast-paced entertainment and laughs that keep the audience glued to the screen. Specifically, the star-studded cast, including Keri Russell, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Alden Ehrenreich, Margo Martindale, and Ray Liotta (in his final in one show), providing a variety of personalities to make this wild ride enjoyable. When their characters interact with the actual star of the film, Cocaine Bear, The sequence lives up to all the hype.

The result of Banksy's storytelling is a wildly entertaining thriller that combines an unlikely mix of criminals, tourists, detectives and teenagers. But that's part of the fun of containing this brutally violent and witty tale. She finds a great balance of spending time with the various characters and bringing in the human element, while still staying true to the protagonists of the story. Also, when the interaction between the cocaine bear and the film's protagonists, there's a lot of gore and violence that makes it impossible to look away, but certainly creates uneasiness.

Some of the best parts about Cocaine Bear is his willingness to go all out, even if the humor doesn't always work. If having a bear rip through a few pounds of cocaine wasn't enough, Banks made sure to fill her audience with swoons and laughs, thanks to some of her directional choices. Scenes like having the bear hug a tree or dance with one of the characters are just glimpses at her crude and daring choices. they are great for directing and will leave the audience There are plenty of laughable moments long after the movie ends.

Filled with silly scenes, dry humor, and too much gore and violence in between, Cocaine Bear is a good time to watch the movie. This is the kind of movie that can be seen in a packed theater with a large group of friends to fully experience the madness and fun. Boasting entertaining performances from a stellar cast and brilliant special effects, Banks' feature film offers a wild ride for all types of audiences. Cocaine Bear is exactly what one would expect from its title, yet the carnage, laughter and shocking scenes create an experience that exceeds expectations.

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