I was underwhelmed by this film when it first came out. Revisiting it now I still feel the same way. It feels very disjointed and directionless, a series of tight, well written and often drily comic set-pieces tacked together on top of a cool but distracting soundtrack. But there is no flow to the narrative and the film (unlike the characters portrayed in it) ultimately lacks any charm or personality.
A rare gem of a "mainstream" cinema that through some strange alchemy radiates a kind of coolness that can hardly be found in any other movie. Inspired casting, with John Cusack on point; excellent, low-key direction; sparkling dialogue; brilliant music... it's the only movie I've watched twice in a day since I was fourteen. As a bonus: One of the (if not THE) best fight scenes in movie history. What's not to like?
Now HERE'S an interesting little feature - a scintillating romance film (Driver and Cusack have some of the best chemistry I've ever seen) with a hired gun action pastiche shoddily sewn on. Excise the dumb 007 merc plot arc and you've got one seriously fun movie. ★★★★, flaws and all.
I wasn't impressed with Grosse Pointe Blank when I saw in in the theaters and 17 years did nothing to change my mind. The final act felt like a bunch of outtakes cobbled together, especially at the reunion. In the plus column, the Joan Cusack scenes were gold and a young Minnie Driver was nothing short of adorable. A great soundtrack helped distract me from the weak storytelling. Underwhelming gimmickry.