Prepare yourself for a rollercoaster journey filled with laughter, excitement and twists of the unexpected as Elizabeth Banks takes us on an incredible and unimaginable adventure in "Cocaine Bear" (released as "Crazy Bear" in some countries). The screenplay was written by Jimmy Warden, this 2023 American horror-comedy film brings to life the incredible authentic story of the famous "Cocaine Bear" that shocked the world. With Keri Russell, O'Shea Jordan Jr., Christian Convery, Alden Ehrenreich, and an impressive ensemble cast, the film will take viewers on thrilling and funny adventures like no other.
How do we know the Plot?
The backdrop is Knoxville, Tennessee, in the year 1985, we're immersed in the story of drug traffickers Andrew C. Thornton II. In tragically, Andrew meets his untimely demise in a freak incident while parachute-ing. The little he knew was that his passing would set into motion an entire sequence of things that would capture the attention of viewers across the world.
It's time to meet"the "Cocaine Bear," an American black bear that stumbles onto a duffel that holds close to 75 pounds (34 kg) of cocaine that has been smuggled away. When the bear consumes this huge amount of illicit drug, its behaviour takes a dramatic turn into a frenzied display of rage and wild antics.
Our main characters, including Sari, Henry, Daveed, and Eddie are unintentionally being thrown into the chaos of the bear with its endless appetite. In order to stay alive the wild nature of the bear and its unpredictable behavior, they have to confront the fears of their own and weave an array of unplanned encounters.
The film is a stunning ensemble cast with every member delivering captivating performances that bring the plot to life. Keri Russell stands out as Sari, a resourceful and determined heroine. O'Shea Jackson Jr. shines as Daveed the character who finds himself thrust into this bizarre situation. Christian Convery and Alden Ehrenreich show off their talents in the roles of Henry and Eddie and Eddie, respectively, adding comedy and depth to the story. Brooklynn Prince, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Margo Martindale, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Ray Liotta (to whom the film is dedicated) make up the rest of the cast with their stellar performances.
Based upon A True Story
"Cocaine Bear" draws its origins from the horrifying events surrounding a real-life 175-pound (79-kilogram) American black bear. The bear was killed in December of 1985. bear died when it ingested a duffel bag packed with cocaine, which was dropped by the plane piloted by Andrew C. Thornton II. Although the movie takes some creative freedoms and strays from real events, it makes use of the incredible tale to launch an exciting and hilarious adventure.
LOOSELY Based on a True Story
Even though "Cocaine Bear" is inspired from real-life historical events, it uses its imagination to create an engaging story that is sure to captivate people. It is true that it is believed that the Cocaine Bear did not harm anybody after it consumed the substance, and the circumstances leading up to its death remain an unanswered question. The director Elizabeth Banks, in an interview with Variety admits to its fictional elements and describes it as a bear's story of revenge. These creative choices allow the film to create its own distinct and exciting universe.
The Cocaine Buzz
Before its debut, "Cocaine Bear" generated huge buzz on social media, capturing the attention of viewers across the world. The basic premise of the film of combining the battle between man and nature, with humorous moments that are shocking, captivated people. The bear's story is told as a character who is portrayed with compassion that adds another layer of fascination to the story. As a result, the film quickly became a highly-anticipated and talked-about event.
Making Cocaine Bear
The production of "Cocaine Bear" was a collaborative effort by several accomplished individuals. Initially, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were named as producers of an untitled comedy film based on a true tale. The movie was based on the spec script of Jimmy Warden. However, Elizabeth Banks took the directorial helm, and together alongside Max Handelman, she produced the film with Brownstone Productions. Lord, Miller, Aditya Sood, and Brian Duffield also joined the production team.
The principal photography was shot in County Wicklow, Ireland, between August 20 and Oct 17, 2021. The production budget was between $30 and $35 million they spared no expenses in bringing their bear and his wild adventures to reality. Interestingly, the visual effects crew at Weta FX played a pivotal key role in bringing the bear to life making use of CGI.
Music of Cocaine Bear
The film's soundtrack, composed by the talented Mark Mothersbaugh, adds an addition layer of excitement as well as tension to the already thrilling tale. Famous for his work on films like "Pitch Perfect 2," Mothersbaugh is joined by Elizabeth Banks once again, providing a musical backdrop to complements the film's comedic and spooky elements. In addition, the trailer features the iconic song "White Lines (Don't Don't Do It)" from Melle Mel which further increases the anticipation for the film.
Cocaine Bear Kicked Butt
"Cocaine Bear" was released on the 24th of February 2023 from Universal Pictures, captivating audiences in the theatres. The film was praised by experts and rapidly gained popularity among moviegoers. As of May 8, 2023, the film had earned more than $89 million in the world, surpassing its production budget.
The film was praised by critics for its unique blend of horror and comedy while praising its wild and erratic nature. Some critics have criticized its shaky plot and sloppy acting, they appreciated the frenzied energy and the bear's unforgettable scenes. Audiences resonated with its B-movie vibe and were thoroughly entertained with the hilarious and captivating narrative.
Does It Have the Potential to be Oscar-worthy?
The enthralling adventure of "Cocaine Bear" has been appreciated by a variety of industry associations. Though the movie did not have a huge amount of recognition at the awards ceremony, its unique concept and execution have left a lasting impression on both critics and audiences alike.
Cocaine Bear FTW!
As a conclusion, "Cocaine Bear" is an unrestrainedly wild and funny ride that captures the imagination and keeps people entertained to the very edge of their chairs. It is a film that will leave you wanting more. unpredictable plot twists, and the expertly-crafted blend of comedy and horror, the film delivers a truly exceptional experience. If you're looking for laughter and thrills or a dose of bizarre escapism, "Cocaine Bear" is a film that promises to keep you entertained and awed equally. Get ready for a journey you'll quickly remember.