Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

Hilarious is Baldwin doing an SNL skit 15 years later yelling the same thing to Christmas elves...

Genre: Drama

Starring: Jack Lemmon (The China Syndrome; Days Of Wine And Roses), Al Pacino (Serpico; The Merchant Of Venice)

Directed By: James Foley (Fear; The Chamber)

Overview: A team of real-estate salesmen are told to win or get fired.

Acting: This is an all star cast, Ed Harris, Kevin Spacey, Alan Arkin, Alec Baldwin. There is no problem whatsoever in this category. Kevin plays the subtle moron as perfectly as Jack Lemmon plays the pathetic has-been. Al Pacino does a really amazing job.
Rating: 9

Cinematography: Oppressive rain, dark and bland offices, tight shots, great timing, the cinematography is well done, no doubt. Nothing terribly imaginative, but keeps you close to the action of the character's faces.
Rating: 7

Script: Al Pacino's part is impressive, coming in at just the right time, screaming wildly about the very things that all the other salesmen were complaining about in the beginning of the movie: bad leads and management's incompetence. This movie flowed so well in its dialogue that it was too perfect, a touch contrived. Once you settle into the fact that all the speakers are great at tossing insults at one another, you'll enjoy the ride.
Rating: 9

I found this lacking a little. The whole time I thought something else would happen, and I kept waiting for it. I guess I should have been prepared for the obvious. The movie was really well written, but the twist wasn't that great. The movie runs on one theme, and succeeds, but there isn't much else.
Rating: 7

Mood: This movie must break the bank for swear words per minute. It's hilarious and film noir at the same time, which I didn't think was really possible. Still it pulled it off well and the settings and score added a nice touch overall.
Rating: 7

Not hilarious is how this guy gets shat on every chance there is

Overall Rating: 78% (Oh, you'll really like this one)

Aftertaste: Similar in many ways to Suckers, a film about car salesmen just having a day at the office. If you liked that you'll love this. It's more real, more gritty and with a bigger budget. Yes, Glengarry Glen Ross will stay up in my brain a while. It's worthy.