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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'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…
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.
"Regret is usually a waste of time, as is gloating."
Brosnan is so smooth in this that I can't believe he's not butter!
Russo is hard to swallow given the awkwardly eccentric quirkiness of her character, but it's enjoyable romance with heists and class throughout.
This movie is only 17 years old but its aging like a fine wine, Brosnan is allusively suave, its genuinely interesting and even though I don't have much more to say about the 1999 remake of the Thomas crown affair its definitely a great and worthwhile watch.
Tras dirigir la soberbia tercera entrega de ‘Jungla de Cristal’, el director John McTiernan se tomó un descanso de unos años que le llevó a estrenar dos películas el mismo año: ‘El guerrero número 13’ y el remake de El caso de Thomas Crown, una película que fue un gran éxito en los años setenta con Steve McQueen y Faye Dunaway.
Y vuelvo a decir que McTiernan tiene algo en su manera de narrar las películas que pocas veces se ve en la actualidad. McTiernan hace que permanezca agarrado a la butaca durante toda la película, sin pestañear, esperando ver que sucederá a continuación. Basta con echar un vistazo a las secuencias (y como la música de Bill Conti acompaña)…
Si le dieran una cuota de romance y buen gusto a james bond se convertiria en esta pelicula.
La musica està buenisima y cabalga al ritmo genial que tiene esta peli. Es un clàsico dosmilero que no falla.
Aguante Thomas Crown.
Who would have ever thought that the director of Predator would be able to pull off a classy remake of a Steve McQueen movie? Not just a remake, but a remake where things are changed for modern audiences and it makes sense and actually benefits the finished product. John McTiernan directed this movie based off of the original 1968 McQueen version, and changed the entire execution of the theft sequence to make it more palpable to people in these much more troubled times. He’s also managed to make an elegant heist movie, a less dirty, Mamet-lite type film with a charismatic and attractive lead actor where throughout the entire movie you don’t really view him as the antagonist at all.…
- Well directed visually, maybe even worked better silent. I felt the score detracted from the movie in a lot of areas. Cinematography was nice, especially lighting wise, without being stylistic. Plot moved well, characters were interesting in some ways, but had more potential. Ideas behind the thefts were great.
One of the rare examples of a remake improving vastly on the original. The original isn't bad at all, but this one is better in most respects - Crown being an art thief rather than a bank robber is a vast change for the better, and McTiernan is a better action director than Norman Jewison and although neither version is exactly an action movie, they're still films built around exciting action-y setpieces, and that plays better to McTiernan's strengths.
I have seen it suggested elsewhere that the movie has become irrelevant or unlikeable because it's so blatantly a film about the one percent, classwise, and I don't agree - mostly because the film makes it clear that neither of the…
This is a fun movie, that never takes itself too seriously, so we can sit back and enjoy the ride. Pierce Brosnan plays a bored billionaire (he and Michael Douglas seem to only get those roles), who steals a $100,000,000 painting from a museum in broad daylight, just for the sport of it. Rene Russo plays an investigator who knows Brosnon stole it, but has to prove it.
The two major heists in this movie are great. It's such a clever little scheme, that because the movie doesn't take itself seriously, we can forgive the implausibility of it all. The dialogue between Russo and Brosnan is well done as well. Witty banter back and forth, thrust and parry, and we…
This film is not about the theft of impressionist artwork, which I am quite okay with.
Pierce Brosnan is always a blast to watch with his cool and fun facade and this film is almost as enjoyable as the Bond films with him in them. It is rather a bit of fluff but so entertaining to watch for the pace, action and pure fun. Just give me some popcorn and a Monet and i am good to go ;-)
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