Cosy Cool

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Cosy Cool is yet another fantastic film by Australian film director, Gary Young.

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As I walked into the video shop for the sale, I never thought I would find such a unique movie like 'Cosy Cool'. I originally picked it out because of it's home-movie-like photocopied cover and the movie's tag line, "HANG ON BABY… IT'S A WILD RIDE". Looking at the back I saw stereotypical blurbs about people that are 'different' and that they make easy targets.

This movie was made in Australia during the seventies (completed 1978) and you really have to watch it two or three times to really understand it. Not that it has any big underlying meaning (or if it does everyone one who I've shown the movie to hasn't seen one), but the sound it terrible and you must turn the volume right up and listen closely if you want to decipher what the actors are saying.

Being set in the seventies, it give a good insight to what life was like back then, with many examples of huge sideburns, turtle-neck jumpers and old Holdens and Fords. The basic storyline is extremely hard to follow, but I think I had worked out what is going on but not why. It is about two 'different' bikers who win a thousand dollars and an auto show for their bikes. The main character, Cosy Cool (played by Gary Young), then goes out and spends most of it on cocaine; this is the only reference to this in the whole movie and nothing more of his drug habit is shown.

From there they go and camp by a river and meet some girls and frolic around a bit before Cosy and his friend dump them and head back onto the road. Between scenes of Cosy and Gracious Grytt (his friend) there is a scene of two guys talking about luring Cosy and Gracious to Sackville for an unknown reason. We later find out that this is to frame them for the murder of two girls who were really sacrificed during a dark occult ritual.

Well, the Sackville posse chases the two bikers for a while before catching them and shooting them both while they were trying to help a couple they made crash (by accident, of cause). The movie ends with the Comanchero bikies striding menacingly towards the posse with rifles and chains at the ready. A prologue follows this detailing the fates' of the main characters of the movie; it is during this time that it hints that the movie is a true story.

Although the plot is nothing special, it is still a very entertaining because of the terrible editing. The editors decided to include some scenes twice, probably to save on production costs by including the same scene more than one and change the voice over. They also include at least 20 minutes of drag racing and cars at a motor show. One memorable scene is one where Cosy is trying to do a wheelie and ends up stacking his bike on the side of the road. This wouldn't be too noticeable normally, but the next scene is exactly the same except he doesn't crash.

If you saw Cosy Cool just once, you probably wouldn't understand it at all. However, after a few viewings, the film grows on you and you as you being to understand just what it going on and you notice other inconsistencies and other funny moments. One last thing that is noticeable is the sound track; one song, Red, Green and Yellow will be stuck in your head for days after viewing.


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