Burt Reynolds: The Last Interview (2023) Film Review
Rick Pamplindocumentary film Burt Reynolds: The Last Interview undeniably a cinematic gem. This is probably the last time we’ll see Burt Reynolds as… well, Burt Reynolds. It has value like other memorable footage depicting the final days of iconic movie stars. Pamplin’s passion is magnetic, almost fierce, and he shows it in the midst of a session that must have been full of nervous and nervous laughter.
He is also a very lucky man. Burt Reynolds: The Last Interview it was not the last Reynolds interview. In fact, he was an active member of the film academy when he taught acting at the school he created. Unfortunately, the heart attack came too soon when Burt was 82 and we had just missed Tarantino’s last film. This made Pamplin a lucky man, as he held the last footage officially featuring Reynolds. He could have done anything with it, including selling it and financing the rest of his film career. However, he decided otherwise and guided me Burt Reynolds: The Last Interview.
Pamplin had just made a movie about Hollywood finance. Somehow Reynolds had a big part in it, and he thought Reynolds would make a great subject. Only Burt had other plans and decided to talk about everything else but money. This is very noticeable as the film takes its own direction as Reynolds becomes the purest version of himself ever. When he’s open to things, he’ll talk. There are some he won’t talk about. But that’s okay. He has the rights to do it. Nevertheless, this is one of the most modest stars of Hollwood. Maybe he’s too humble when he shares something and says “I shouldn’t say that” right in front of them. Pamplin may be getting a scoop on a Hollywood secret, but Reynolds simply suggests his students are ready to follow up.
The film also includes a tour of Burt’s presence in Jupiter, Florida, and the very intimate circle in which he performed. We didn’t know that the man was such an important person in his field. He’s past his prime, but definitely relevant when it came to being a scholar in a field where he wasn’t recognized as a talented actor. It’s underrated, but it’s never too late to put it where it belongs.
This is exactly what Tarantino had in mind when he cast Reynolds Once Upon a Time in . . . Hollywood. The director only met her a few times and decided to cast her in his latest film, which he failed to do. Pamplin decides to include Tarantino in the documentary as a scientist and witness to Reynolds’ persona. The result is an endearing gathering of admirers who can’t stop sharing what Reynolds means to each of them.