Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
(number 304)

Shooting ahead in numbers because I went through my DVD collection and found a bunch from the list and made a pile. Then Blair chose this one out of the pile to watch!

Excellent film noir meets human/cartoon hybrid with a rather dark heart and a wicked sense of humour. My Dad took me to see this movie when it first came down, so I was either 8 or 9, and it was instantly a hit with me. I loved it to bits even though it was scary and nasty. I’ve watched it regularly over the years since, and it’s probably in my top ten all time favourite movies.

“Somebody musta made her do it!” Roger says this right at the start of the movie, when he’s shown the photos of Jessica playing patty cake with Marvin. This is one of my favourite lines because it shows how strong the relationship between Roger and Jessica is. This is a truth that is undermined by almost every other character, because of how Jessica and Roger look. Jessica is widely described as ‘trouble’ or ‘bad’ but it’s purely because of how she looks, not how she acts. Jessica is devoted to Roger and he refuses to believe she’d do anything bad on her own, and he is right! She was set up. It’s rare to see a married couple who are genuinely devoted to each other in a movie.

Also the noir tropes are wonderfully represented. The ex cop with the tragic past and the dependency on bourbon Valiant is of course the best character, but the femme fatale, the rube… they’re all there and wonderfully acted by humans or toons.

Plus there’s all the hilarious wee moments… Jessica’s skirt blowing up, Baby Herman fingering a random crew member, terrible jokes, the eeriness of the Judge.

Does it make me love the people? Oh yes. Roger is adorably goofy and endearing, and you can’t help but feel for Valiant with his terrible backstory and failure to keep it together. The bad guys are so very bad that it’s easy to hate them and of course, the relationships between the good guys are strong and wonderful so it’s easy to love them all.

Bechdel test: Sadly no. Delores and Jessica are wonderfully strong women who won’t sit back and wait for the men to sort things out, but they never speak to each other. There are many other speaking women but they only talk to men.

Best lines: Jessica “I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.” and “I’ve loved you more than any woman has ever loved a rabbit.”

Eddie Valiant: You mean you could’ve taken your hand out of that cuff at any time?
Roger Rabbit: No, not at any time, only when it was funny.

State of Mind: Yep. Top ten of all time.

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