A charismatic sonofabitch who straddles the line between character actor and sex symbol like few others have managed. There’s no question at the Den of Geek offices that Goldblum himself is way cool. But what about his choice of movies?
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)“Thinking man’s horror”, assuming said man is thinking utter bollocks. A bloated, pretentious, overrated mess.The Big Chill (1983) Quintessential 80s yuppie movie. Oft-imitated but rarely bettered.
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
Mister Frost (1990)Quirky psycho-thriller in which Goldblum plays the Devil. Maybe. Or at least a chap who thinks he’s the Devil. A great casting choice and a nifty little script. Worth a look.Jurassic Park (1993) Yeah, yeah. Rampant dinosaurs = good. Rest of the movie = bog-standard popcorn fodder and overlong Spielbergian self-indulgence.Hideaway (1995) Very messy Dean R Koontz adaptation with Goldblum and Alicia Silverstone. I picked it up hoping for more, from those credentials. Igot a bunch of confused psychic gobbledegook.Independence Day (1996) Garbage. I don’t care what Sarah says. It’s really one of the worst,dumbest blockbusters of all time. Gung-ho doesn’t even begin todescribe this utter nonsense.
Weirdly, I seem to have not seen a single Jeff Goldblum film since 1996. In fact, looking at IMDB, I haven’t even HEARD of most of them; Chain of Fools? Auggie Rose? Spinning Boris? Maybe I’m missing out! Let me know if you think I am. I’d say there’s little doubt that his career peaked in the 80s though.