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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.
John McTiernan's directorial career is rightly dominated by Die Hard and Predator. He also made that stinker Rollerball, one of the worst films I have ever had the misfortune to watch, so he doesn't quite get it right every time. His reimagining and updating of the Steve McQueen film from 1968 was a risk, but this is a decent heist film that has chemistry between the leads and more than a sprinkling of charm.
Pierce Brosnan plays a millionaire financier who audaciously steals a $100 million dollar Monet from the Metropolitan Museum of Art during a failed attempt by hapless other robbers. The robbery is a work of art in itself, confusing the police department but not a suspicious insurance…
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.
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.
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.
I liked it. Not excellent, but I liked it.
I just like to think of it as James Bond's pseudonym.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I liked Pierce Bronson and Rene Russo in other movies I saw them in, like James Bond, and Lethal Weapon 3. So when I came across this movie I decided to watch it. It is a pretty good movie. My favorite scene is when Pierce Bronson's character steals the painting and when he puts it back in the end. All the men walking around with hats around the museum playing a game with the cops in hilarious to me.
Mint remake, kellemes csalódás, mert csak az eredeti alapszituációját hasznosítja újra, de mint film, sokkal gyengébb.
A very good movie but i didnt like the scenes with the girl and the boy.
Art trumps money and earthly riches, but not looove.
Strangely dated in a neither good nor bad way, with Russo being miscast and with two amazing setpieces in the beginning and the end(the first one is beyond amazing), this is one of the two films McT thought he could make better than Jewison. He either hates him or loves him too much. Funny how he reunites with Brosnan, in a movie that's decent and uses his suaveness, unlike Nomads.
Better than the original
Film #24 of 29: The Awards Season Scavenger Hunt!
Task 12 "A remake of an original film"
Well, it looks like this is one of the rare cases where the remake is actually better than the original. Just as stylish and just as suave, The Thomas Crown Affair casts Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo in their roles instead of Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway (the latter of whom also has a different role in this film). Both actors have good chemistry and play out their parts incredibly well with Brosnan handling the role of the bored businessman Thomas Crown strongly and Russo is great as the seductive Detective sent to investigate him.
The soundtrack is excellent thanks to a…
It's a shame a Master craftsman like John McTiernan is languishing in the unemployment line while hacks like Colin Trevorrow and Alan Taylor continue to direct the biggest movies.
I'm pretty sure I forgot a dozen titles and don't ask why some films count and others don't (also the…