i have to start with a confession: i remember watching this film not so long ago and i remember not caring for and even not liking it; however, after visiting once again my opinion of the picture cannot be further away.
can we start by saying how cute ROMAN POLANSKI’s character is, he has to be the tiniest mobster to ever appear in film.
with that out of the way JACK NICHOLSON navigates a movie that turns, twists, loses you and wins you over back without breaking a sweat.
and FAYE DUNAWAY goes from witness to villain to victim to heartbreaking fatality and she could not care less.
in a SENTENCE: the mind-bending plot plus that very tragic ending is enough to keep you guessing what if…
certainly confusing even if it is not that hard to follow this film has everything to succeed yet it fails.
featuring many truly great scenes and sequences that are very enjoyable to watch they are almost always followed or preceded by something that kills the buzz with anti-climatic or unrelated story lines.
featuring very good performances by both PAUL NEWMAN and ROBERT REDFORD this film splits our attention and we are never able to truly enjoy their acting or characters; the rest of the ensemble is almost as good but they get lost.
the song “the ENTERTAINER” is the most memorable thing in the movie yet in never seems to be celebrated or used in a better way.
in a SENTENCE: a bizarre picture that gets lost in a huge pool of ideas, both good and not at all.
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1969.george ROY HILL
quite weird but it is entrancing, and certainly entertaining; it is a pop culture powerhouse deeply hidden in everyone’s consciousness.
featuring charismatic, and career defining, performances by PAUL NEWMAN and ROBERT REDFORD their chemistry on screen is unbelievably captivating, KATHARINE ROSS does not fall far behind and the trio work wonders when together.
featuring also very good work from industry legends CONRAD HALL [cinematography], EDITH HEAD [costume design], BURT BACHARACH’s music shines the brightest, his song “RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD” is an iconic piece of music without a doubt but it works great setting the tone for the whole movie.
the story is not as great but the many risks it takes and the many twists and turns it provides seems still refreshing.
in a SENTENCE: an unpretentious picture that plays a lot with genre and industry conventions.
while many films lose steam this film loses track and even if it is an audiovisual spectacle the prequel, sequel and spinoff seem to be more worried checking things off a list than digging deeper or going further into the complex universe they have already created.
gorgeous, hilarious, outrageous this film is a trip for the senses that explores the cultural, political, religious and social landscape of contemporary ROME with such ease that its overwhelming sense of style just seems right.