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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.
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.
Heist. Sophistication. Sexy.
Rene Russo + Pierce Brosnan equal some of the hottest chemistry you will see onscreen. Loved how this film painted a story from Russos view and gave her a strong voice. Even though it starts out in an almost 007 fashion, it takes flight into something even greater. Excellent camera work and score! Truly loved every aspect of this styled sophisticated romance heist drama (it really is all of those genres).
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’,…
Pierce Bronson plays the eponymous Thomas Crown, a billionaire business man who enjoys a bit of art theft on the side. Rene Russo is an insurance agent who is drafted in to catch the thief but starts to mix pleasure with business as she falls for the charms of her suspect. Pierce Brosnan plays his part very suavely and you can see why he made such a good James Bond. Russo is equally impressive, but I particularly enjoyed Denis Leary's performance as the cop assigned to help Russo in her investigation. It's not a sensational role but he plays it very well and I feel he's quite under-rated as an actor. Brosnan and Russo have decent chemistry and a lot of the film revolves around their relationship but the art heist scenes top this in their ingenuity and slick execution. An enjoyable romp that makes me want to see the original. Contains very strong sex and some strong language.
OH HAY Renee Russo in THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR. 😍
Also oh hay blatant PEPSI ONE product placement. 😷
Rene Russo gives one of her most entertaining performances in an acceptable, but otherwise routine heist movie with a redeeming third act.
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