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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.
Rene Russo gives one of her most entertaining performances in an acceptable, but otherwise routine heist movie with a redeeming third act.
Better pacing than the original but with less style and charisma between the two leads. Liked some of the throwbacks to the original.
This has done really well not to age.
A handful of the scenes are brilliant.
If you haven't watched, it's a must.
So finished my accidental Brosnan night with this fun little hiest/RomCom movie. This film could have been a lot more serious than it was, but it soundtrack and snappy dialogue keeps it from being incredibly serious and thats a good thing. The film was just nice entertainment. The middle wasn't nearly as entertaining as the beginning or the end, which are the only heist scenes in the film, but they are damn good. Also the the end heist uses Sinnerman and thats never a bad thing. Where The Ghost Writers twist left me in shock, wide eyed, The Thomas Crown Affair left me jaw dropped, with a huge smile on my face, laughing. That sums up the film entirely, very fun, a little silly, but damn entertaining. Watch it, just for the end scene. It still has me smiling just thinking about it
The good: Character chemistry, plot
The chemistry between Russo and Brosnan is partly why i enjoy this film so much and the last 15 minutes or so are the best part of the film and i will never forget the first time i watched it and at how excited i got.
The beginning and end heists were really all that I liked in the film along with costumes and music. However, I felt that the romance parts dragged this film experience for me. When the beginning of the film really sets the tone for a heist movie you expect more. Instead there was a romantic plot...
Who doesn't love a great heist movie? I certainly do! Especially when it's executed by James Bond!
John McTiernan's 1999 remake of The Thomas Crown Affair is full of excitement, romance, beautiful scenery, and if we're honest some rather corny clichés.
The opening heist of the film is genuinely thrilling, and sets a tone the film unfortunately cannot really maintain. This might seem a little unexpected from the man who brought us Die Hard, but the film really dips in the second act when all the clichéd romance plot-lines start playing out.
Brosnan, who is still at this point is still the world's James Bond, brings a great deal of charm and swagger to the character of Thomas Crown, though…
Brosnan good as always. and gliders.
Watch this instead of Fifty Shades of Grey!
The man-with-a-bowler-hat sequence is probably the greatest in heist film history.
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