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The Missouri Breaks. [Apr. 21st, 2005|09:43 am]
Tony Grist
I lay awake much of the night trying to figure why The Missouri Breaks is such a dull movie. I think I've finally worked it out. But you probably haven't seen it and I'm not recommending that you do. Let me just note that it's not Marlon Brando's fault. His famously eccentric performance is no more self-indulgent than Lee Marvin's Oscar winning turn in Cat Ballou. No, I blame the director (Arthur Penn). He took a rompish script and tried to turn it into an Elegy for the Old West. Brando is, in fact, the only one of the actors who's in step.

Jack Nicholson is a sleaze. I don't like him. Does anybody?

[User Picture]From: cdpoint
2005-04-21 04:41 am (UTC)
Nicholson only works in those roles where the character is, as halfmoon_mollie says, just *this* far from going berserk. In a vicious and violent way.

Which means charming is right out. Charm implies one has one's demons under control.

I did like Nicholson in About Schmidt, but that's mainly because he didn't so much suppress his inner demons as project himself into a stage at which they--and he--had burned themselves out.

And back in the 70s? Well, back then you always knew Nicholson could flip from J.J. Geddes to Roman Polanski's little rat fink character, flicking a switchblade through a nostril in the blink of an eye. Way too edgy to pull off charm.
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