And the heart of the film, the joy we are supposed to share with Danny as he lives out his fantasy, never comes off either. "Last Action Hero" (rated PG-13 for strong action sequences) does have occasional moments of humor, including a clever Schwarzenegger-as-Hamlet parody ("There's something rotten in the state of Denmark, and Hamlet is taking out the trash!"), but overall it is lacking in fun or magic. When one of the movie Arnolds says his next film will be "a good story, with emotions," one can only hope that this isn't the one he had in mind.
'Last Action Hero' Arnold Schwarzenegger: Jack Slater F. Murray Abraham: John Practice Art Carney: Frank Charles Dance: Benedict Austin O'Brien: Danny