Saturday, February 20, 2016

Weekend Movie Suggestions, or The Italian American Godfather Devil Extravaganza

 Years before Jersey Shore, the most popular stereotype for Italian Americans had been formed by a certain movie and sequel starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro.  The 70’s were dominated by Italian American movie stars, with Pacino and De Niro starring in the biggest movies of the decade alongside Stallone and Travolta.
Fast forward to 1987, the same year Snooki was born, and you have Angel Heart, starring Mickey Rourke as Harry Angel, rumpled private eye in mid-century New York.  He’s hired by Louis Cyphere, a sinister bearded gentleman with sharply manicured fingernails, played with immaculate malice by Robert De Niro, to investigate a missing person case down in New Orleans.  In the Crescent City he encounters Charlotte Rampling as a faded Southern beauty and Lisa Bonet as a voodoo priestess.  Angel Heart also features an excellent jazz soundtrack by Trevor Jones.
Ten years later we have an updated 90’s version of the Fallen Angel with The Devil’s Advocate (1997) starring Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron.  Keanu is a hotshot lawyer who is recruited by John Milton, head of the prestigious Manhattan firm Milton, Chadwick & Waters, played by Al Pacino in a power suit and cuban heels.  
Of the two films I prefer Angel Heart.  It’s a far clever story with a nice twist, and a better director, Alan Parker.  It’s easy to see why Mickey Rourke was considered a sex symbol when you watch his portrayal of Harry Angel.  Keanu Reeves is adequate in The Devil’s Advocate, but I have high hopes for his John Wick franchise.  Pacino is in full Al Pacino shouty-mode in his portrayal of the Prince of Darkness.  But then again, it was the 90’s.  Everybody was shouting.

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