The gravest sin for an adventure movie isn't to be BAD, but to be dull. This movie's an unrepentant sinner.
On the one hand, this movie doesn't work. On the other, the many ways in which it doesn't work are kind of fascinating. We begin with Spielberg (aided by the musical talents of John Williams) goofily riffing on the opening scene of his own movie, Jaws, and 1941 doesn't get less strange from there.
It's loud. It's obnoxious. It's only occasionally funny and there were times when I wasn't sure if I was laughing with the movie or at the…
The Big Combo is a stylish crime film with an appropriately twistng plot and a cast of (mostly) compelling characters. While the lead character, portrayed by Cornell Wild, can be a touch bland, we're treated to a great scenery-chewing turn from Richard Conte as the villainous Mr. Brown. A pair of (gay?) henchmen, a nightclub singer and an antique store dealer with a secret are all welcome and colorful additions
As far as negatives (other than a dull lead), the…