Michael Fri Aug 8 08:41:50 2003|
The Quiet American - 9.0
This was a good flick with a well-written story. Word was that Michael Caine is expected to have an Oscar nomination for it -- which knowledge somewhat ruined the film for me, since I was asking myself the whole time when the Oscar-level material was going to come up. Sorry. I dote on Michael Caine, ever since his line in I can't remember which movie: when asked, "He was your superior, wasn't he?," he replied, in the 100% perfect tone, "No, he was my boss." Classic.
Anyway, Michael Caine does his usual good work here, but nothing screamed at me, "This guy is taking himself to new levels and needs an Oscar pronto." But -- wow -- of Brendan Fraser, this was absolutely true. I like Brendan Fraser a lot, too, since he's got that friendly face that makes him perfect for bubble-gum movies like The Mummy and Dudley Doolittle. In this movie, though, he was the very model of a modern American "advisor," nudge, nudge, wink, wink. Especially in his final scene, he was perfect.
Otherwise, the movie was a solid piece of cinematic work, with a subject material that sent continual shivers down my spine given the geopolitical events of the last year (which also marred my movie-going experience: I go to the movies to escape mundane reality, not to be reminded of the Idiots In Charge). Definitely worth a look, but in my own scheme of classification, this is not a movie which requires the big screen to be appreciated, as it's not an effects vehicle.
It was a small enough cinema draw, by the way, that it was not synchronized, but rather subtitled, which was fortunate for me. Hungary has been synchronizing fewer movies lately, thank God.