Movie Review: High Fidelity (2000)

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I like to think that I have a pretty varied catalogue of reviews on my blog. From westerns to dramas to sci-fi and so on. However I find it not having a lot of romantic comedies/romance movies in general. So let us have a look at one right now.

Ladies and gentlemen… “High Fidelity”.

Rob Gordon (John Cusack) is a compulsive list maker who also happens to own a record store (Sidenote: A dream job of mine). At the moment of the movie he is working on his list titled “Top Five Most Memorable Breakups”, with the fifth one currently in progress. So we get to follow him as he tries to cope with it and how he tries to find the love. Not gonna lie, this could turn out really awful and cheesy. But luckily, the plot was presented surprisingly well. They don’t present it in the regular romantic comedy way, oh no. They do it in a casual and actually kind of realistic way and not in a forced and terrible way. The story is in general very relaxed and laid back which really makes it that much better. And yes, it is also done in a very funny way that I laughed at when it was supposed to be funny.

The characters are quirky, colorful and surprisingly real. These are people that I have seen in real life, they are not just a bunch of funny characters who someone made up. None of them are your typical, cliché rom-com characters. John Cusack is great in the lead role as Rob, playing a bit of a damaged guy. Despite being the main character of the movie and ultimately a good guy, he is at the same time not your perfect good guy, which makes him all the better for it. Iben Hjejle plays his ex-girlfriend in this movie and she is really good too. Jack Black is great as Rob’s friend/co-worker. Todd Louiso who I’ve never heard of before was also really good as Rob’s more quiet friend. Everybody was great, even Tim Robbins who only had a tiny part in the movie.

Story: Really good. Acting/Characters: Really good. Soundtrack: FUCKING AMAZING! Not kidding, it is that great. The original score which is used sparingly was done by Howard Shore and that is really good. But what really stands out about the soundtrack is everything else. It is made up for the most part of pop and rock from the 70’s and 80’s and as some of you may know, that type of music is my jam. It also really fits the movie perfectly. IT is really a perfect soundtrack.

Stephen Frears did a great job directing this movie. It looks great and everything is fine. I really don’t have much to say here. I guess the only thing I can add is that this movie is based on a book by British author Nick Hornby, but that’s really all I can say.

This movie has been pretty well-received. On Rotten Tomatoes 91% positive rating and a “Fresh” certification. On Metacritic it has a score of 79/100. Roger Ebert gave the movie 4/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 7,6/10.

“High Fidelity” is a romantic comedy that actually really works. It has an entertaining plot, entertaining characters & great acting, a fantastic soundtrack, really good directing and it is really funny. Time for my final score. WHAT FUCKING IAN!? My final score for “High Fidelity” is a 9,84/10. It does get the “SEAL OF APPROVAL!”.
Seal of Approval

“High Fidelity” is now reviewed.

Not gonna lie, I’m surprised I enjoyed a rom-com this much.

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2 thoughts on “Movie Review: High Fidelity (2000)

  1. Nice write-up. I have to re-watch this one. I remember how much I used to enjoy rom-coms with John Cusack in it. One of my favourites was ‘The Sure Thing’ (1985), despite seemingly “cheesy” plot, amazingly, the movie also works really well.

  2. I read Hornby’s book, and it was first class. Anyone who loves records, and has been unlucky in love, can identify with so much of it. He worked on the film too, so the US adaptation was very true to the original, making it a top-notch film in every way. Cusack was great. He has been in some dodgy films, admittedly, but let us not forget ‘The Grifters’, and ‘Grosse Point Blank’, both marvellous, for different reasons.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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