Special guest reviewer: Mr. Smiley!
Mr. Smiley's rating:
Like having an orgasm and saving the whales, all at the same time!
Whenever I see Kevin Spacey in a movie, I stop and look around at all the happy, happy faces in the audience. What I can see on those faces is the universal desire of each person to be an actor at that moment. That's how good Kevin Spacey is. Everybody who watches him wants nothing more than to be just as good at what he or she does. I watch him and wish I could be that good a movie critic. The lawyer watches and wants to be a better lawyer. The doctor watches and wants to help that many more people. Kevin Spacey is that good an actor. He makes the whole world a better place. He makes people want to be better people.
You'd think that once you signed Kevin Spacey you could pretty much stop right there, but this movie had so many great things in it I just wanted to stand up and shout in the theater "This movie has so many great things in it I can't help shouting about it!" Best among them is that Mary McCormack plays Rachel Powell, the wife of Dr. Mark Powell (Jeff Bridges), the man who treats Prot (pronounced like "I've got a frog in my THROAT"), a guy who thinks he's from the planet K-Pax. I just saw Mary in "High Heels and Low Lifes" and to get the opportunity to see her twice in two days was like a blessing straight from the Lord. Normally, an actor's movies don't come out that close together, but Mary's something special and I can see why somebody might want to release two of her movies during the same week. Twice as much Mary is simply twice as nice.
Another beautiful thing was that this movie was so similar in story to another movie, that one with Jennifer Lopez called "Angel Eyes," that I didn't have to worry about any scary surprises. In "Angel Eyes" a guy seemed to be a guardian angel from above and in "K-Pax", Prot (Kevin Spacey) seems to be a space alien from above. If you think a little further, you know that Jeff Bridges was in "Starman" where he played an alien from another planet. How cool is that!!! It's like serendipity or something, which is the title of another movie. Wow!!!!!
Much of "K-Pax" takes place in a psychiatric hospital because people think Prot is just crazy and not from another planet. There are lots of patients in the hospital, which makes it seem a little bit like "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," which is a really, really fabulous movie from the 1970s. It made me think of that movie and that brought a smile to my face. In fact "K-Pax" was so good, it made me put together "packs" for that time when I can travel to another world. If all the aliens are as nice as Prot, I can't wait!
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