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The Thomas Crown Affair
Crime does pay. Handsomely.
A very rich and successful playboy amuses himself by stealing artwork, but may have met his match in a seductive detective.
The first 20 minutes are jaw-droppingly beautiful, cutting between innocuous business dealings and the careful execution of an art heist that makes the crowded realms of executive rooms seem more chaotic, making Thomas Crown seem caged-in until he takes his rightful place in the scene of a challenge. The breezy, jazzy tone carries through Crown's subsequent pas de deux with the insurance investigator who presents him with "a worthy adversary." The final stretch's melancholic slow-down feels a bit too much like premature petering out (at least until the rousing final setpiece), but even the slower bits have a warm grace to them. It's a work of great delicacy, not as complex as McTiernan works like Predator or his Die Hards, but so perfect in its lightness that hardly seems a quibble.
The Thomas Crown Affair is a lot like the little black dress Rene Russo wears in it; sure it's pretty flimsy, but damn (and I mean damn) is it fun to watch. The opening and ending scenes... just so entertaining; I think I want Sinnerman to play over everything I do, like brushing my teeth and walking down the street, because it makes everything cooler. I'd re-watch this over the original every time.
Pierce Brosnan=suave as fuck.
John McTiernan made some classic action pictures in the late 80's, early 90's. As he got older, his movies got staler.
However, there is one beautiful exception -- "The Thomas Crown Affair," a rousing, supremely sexy thriller in which Pierce Brosnan easily sheds his Bond image as Rene Russo just as easily sheds her clothing (in a riveting, wowser of a nude scene).
The action is exciting, the drama is involving, and the climax is a kick-in-your-pants, rug-swept-from-under-your-feet scene of movie magic.
Some cinematic experiences just don't get much better than this.
Bemoaning the current dearth of mid-budget 'adult' films has become a cliché, but when was the last time Hollywood allowed two forty-somethings to enjoy fucking each other so unashamedly?
Also, Faye Dunaway is a terrible therapist.
I like Pierce Brosnan a good bit more than most, I always thought he was a really charismatic actor who just made a lot of so-so films due to poor choices, however dotted between these films are a number of really solid, well crafted efforts - The Tailor of Panama, The Matador, The Ghost Writer, Love is All You Need. Nothing to really set the world alight, no film to make a comeback off the back of, but good work nonetheless. The Thomas Crown Affair is another of these films, a really well made, thoroughly enjoyable, suave, sexy thriller.
The original The Thomas Crown Affair is iconic, but not especially enjoyable; the remake may not share its pristine cool, but…
Just like ‘Die Hard: With a Vengeance’, this is another McTiernan film I’ve watched compulsively into the ground over many years. It’s been a long time since my last rewatch, so its flaws are very plain to see now, but there’s still a lot to love here.
McTiernan made his career on directing action, which is a genre of story that’s designed to appear as if specific beats are being determined before our eyes. The outcome of the events in films like ‘Die Hard’ and ‘Predator’ rely on the wits and resourcefulness of their main characters react to circumstances outside of their control, and McTiernan does everything he can to help us understand their decisions, spatially. ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’,…
One incredibly unsexy sex scene.
Amüsantes Meisterdieb-Katz-und-Maus-Spiel mit RENE RUSSO in der besten Rolle ihrer Karriere.
Rich people are great, aren't they?
Rene Russo is excellent and her character starts out the same way before her IQ begins to drop rapidly revealing that she was, in fact, a stupid idiot the whole time. It's a bummer to watch.
The music is pretty bitchin'.
Nice, amiable heist flick, a lot less intense (or exciting) than McT's Die Hard efforts - but the heist twists are clever, the leads have chemistry, Leary is always watchable, and there's lots of beautiful autumn NY location filming. Yet it's no big audience pleaser, simply because the smug duo at its core live in a stratosphere that for most of us is even more impossible than an art heist. A little too cool for school then.
Cat and mouse play between a bored millionaire who has orchestrated an art heist and an attractive insurance investigator. Slick, entertaining remake of Norman Jewison's 1968 classic, has suitably sexy leads in Russo and (co-producer) Brosnan: while McTiernan's talent for action scenes is limited by the source material, the film proves him a much better actor handler than he's been credited for.
A billionaire decides to steal a painting and for reasons not needed to succeed, decides to start a relationship with the woman who is investigating him. A flashy, sexual take on the heist genre. Stellar cast, that ultimately makes me want to check out the 1968 original.
I found this film very exciting and riveting with great and beautifully shot scenes and good performances from both Brosnan and Russo. Only problem is their chemistry is not really believable in this film and it seems like a very primitive attraction between two otherwise very smart characters. Russo is a good actor but her laugh is a bit hard to take in, but apart from that a very well crafted thriller which i enjoyed.
Sophisticated adventure as good as Entrapment, with Sean Connery and Catherine Zheta Jones.
Pierce Brosnan, who was James Bond at the time, fits perfectly in the role of a millionaire and Rene Russo, who was already over 40, has a couple of hot scenes.
After the boring and weak The 13th Warrior, John McTiernan returned to the silver screen less than a year later with The Thomas Crown Affair. Having made some amazing films in the beginning of his career, McTiernan tapered off and made films that ranged from ok to mediocre with a few pretty descent films in the middle.
When he first came to prominence he made a trio of modern classics that have stood the test of time and to some extent got even better with age. There was absolutely no sign of McTiernan's genius in his last film and thus it was with some trepidation that I just rewatched (not since the theater) The Thomas Crown Affair.
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