I so wanted this to be good. With such a stellar line-up - big Ewan and the Fassbender, to name just two (Channing Tatum, what are you doing..?) - it should have been good.
But it let me down immensely. I felt like I was thrown in at the deep end far too early, and all that followed were a set of action sequences.
A try-hard. Avoid if possible.
Stephen Fry's directorial debut flashes, splashes and dashes along before the eyes with a brightness and a triviality that wouldn't surprise anyone watching.
From the onset, we know - we KNOW - everything is going to be alright; it's just a matter of how we get there. Every line muttered shadows Fry himself - the only lines in the film that I can't imagine him speaking are the ones he says himself, as the brief chauffeur of Adam and Nina…
Thoroughly enjoyed the film, albeit a little contrived. de Niro is enjoyably bad as an emotional Mafia don, and it amuses more as a pastiche than a film to take seriously. Billy Crystal is quite convincing as the psychiatrist ordered to look after our nervy Italian commandant, and Joe Viterelli is on top form as the bumbling sidekick to de Niro's made man.
Favourite Scene: Dr. Sobel acts as the new head of the Vitti Family; cue some slaps to the face for Jelly and lines that must have confused Crystal as even he was saying them!
Well, what can be said about this film that hasn't already?
There's two things I need to say. Firstly, it's an absolute travesty that Heath Ledger is no longer with us. His performance is just astounding. I'm not saying that everyone else is shit. I'm just saying that they pale in comparison. Secondly...this film was so good I went to see it 8 times in the cinema.
That's right. EIGHT.
Favourite Scene: Our first introduction to The Joker...his 'laugh' as he walks in is only as chilling as his 'joke'.