Miami Vice

Miami Vice ★★★½

Mann’s baseline competence and suitability to what he makes of the material guarantee a watchable, often impressive product. Given the essential simplicity, lightness, and cliched nature of the story, he makes it feel weighty. 

The chief obstacle to my complete enjoyment is that, having lived in Florida in the 2000s, I find the accurate depiction of the zeitgeist aesthetic here accurate in the total uncoolness of the milieu. Everything from the nightclub scene to the haircuts, from the suits and shades to the tech, from the music even to the speedboats, elicits a “no thanks I’m good” from me. I was not seduced into it. 

The digital image is often quite ugly, tbh—this is a part of Mann that’s never really clicked for me.

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