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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…
Not the Steve McQueen original but the John Mctiernan directed remake from 1999.
Is it as good? Is it fuck.
However,it is very entertaining. Nice touch with Faye Dunaway in a cameo and Rene Russo getting her raspberry ripples out. Brosnan takes great pleasure in playing the rich boy philanthropist but he isn't STEVE FUCKING MCQUEEN.
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.
Well I can…
The heist stuff is really good. Of course it is. John Die Hard McTiernan knows how to whip up a slick action-packed sequence, and the final note of chicanery is exactly what you'd want going in to this sort of film. Brosnan has bags of fun with bags of charm and Russo has fun trying to match. But the romance never feels believable or more than simply a series of sexual shenanigans and that, as half the film, is a real let-down.
Fitfully entertaining film that only works if you believe that the crook and the woman trying to catch the crook would have an affair. Undermined completely by how blithely the ending of the film dismisses art theft as a crime that would affect anyone but the rich. And strangely not as clever as a typical episode of White Collar. Pretty good performances by Brosnan and Leary, scattered performance by Russo.
The only thing I can think of when I see movies eccentric and successful millionaires is: I want that damn life, damn stupid rich people.
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