Sarcastic and charming, with blisteringly-fast banter, and some great chemistry between Cusack and Driver (the helicopter scene was hillarious). Fantastic choices of music all through the film, some odd audio redubs, but it all works together. Great final line too "forget about forgiving and just accept".
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.