Frankie and Johnny ★★

It’s such a weird feeling when the one thing you don’t like about a film is the main, central plot. I really liked everything else in this film, the low-key New York setting is lovely and it’s full of great supporting characters, and Michelle Pfeiffer is great in the lead role. But the central romance between Pfeiffer and Al Pacino is an absolute car crash - he spends the whole film pressuring her into doing things she’s not comfortable with, and the movie itself is clearly into that. If this was a film about a toxic relationship then I could buy it but it’s obvious from the very start that this is going to be about obnoxious, needy Al Pacino “fixing” Michelle Pfeiffer by constantly doing the opposite of what she asks, and it creeped me the fuck out.