20 February 2011

Movies: Lucky Number Slevin

Lucky Number Slevin http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0425210/
I watched this flick a couple years ago, thought I'd watch it again. Yep - still as good as I remember. If you haven't seen it, it's definitely worth a go.

Story: Slevin (Josh Hartnett) is mistaken to be a dude named Nick Fisher, who happens to owe The Boss (Freeman) a crapton of money. He also owes The Rabbi (Kingsley) a good chunk of change. The Boss and The Rabbi both drag in Slevin, thinking he's Fisher, and demand their paybacks. Oh, and The Boss and The Rabbi are enemies, so it just gets better. Plus there's cops. And plastic bags. And horses. And a well-aimed baseball.

Yep - a drama with conflicting situations, some violence, and lots of history that is revealed in bits as the story goes along, followed by a lot of 'holy crap' wrapping up the story in the end. The best kind.

Solid Cast: Josh Hartnett, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley, Lucy Liu
Helped by a good tight script, the young'un (Hartnett) does well opposite the seasoned vets. Ben Kingsley plays his character better than the rest; he's always at the top of his game. Sure he has been in some crap movies, done his best delivering the lines given, but here he just polishes everything up to greatness. 
Morgan Freeman, he's the same Morgan Freeman we always see. Ditto on Willis - same old Willis. Lucy Liu - she probably graduated from the "Willis School of Acting the Way You Act in All Movies®" - which is right across the street from the "Keanu Reeves/Andie MacDowell School of Wooden Acting®" and down the road from the "Kevin Costner Institute of Regional Accent Training®."

I can't think of anything that stands out as unlikable in this movie. It is solid entertainment and well worth seeking out to give it a good watching.

(original post 21 March 2010)

PS: yeah, I dissed a little on Freeman. Honestly I really like and respect the guy. I just can't think of a film where he wasn't a variation of Morgan Freeman in the film. There's nice Morgan Freeman, fatherly Morgan Freeman, loud Morgan Freeman, scowly and mean Morgan Freeman. He can pretty much be "any adjective Morgan Freeman". And he's real good at it. It's okay. I can live with the many faces of Morgan Freeman. He brings style and panache to his film roles and helps make many a movie just that much better.

Except "Guilty by Association". That movie was such crap I actually gave it a 1 rating on IMDB.  Even Morgan Freeman's presence couldn't bump that piece of shit up a notch.

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