Monday, January 28, 2013
Day Twenty-eight - Out of Sight, or "Clooney and his Quiet Cool."
Case in point, Jackie Brown (though most folks attribute the groove to Tarentino, I prefer to give Elmore credit for his fine characterization)... and, in this case, Out of Sight. I'd also like to bring up Get Shorty as the exception to the rule, because while the cast would've been stellar, they just never gelled like the other two pieces.
I'm talking about chemistry.
Clooney can pretty much ride his charm in any film he wants, but I was really shocked when it came to Jennifer Lopez. I wasn't too impressed by Anaconda, but Selena proved she could have what it took. With Out of Sight? I actually saw a little real emotion. Not much, mind you... her half-blowup in the hotel bathroom felt forced on her part, though Soderbergh did a good job with cuts and framing to amp the tension... at least, to my eye.
When they're together on screen? Well, I was convinced.
Then there's the supporting cast, which was also awesome.
I was a bit disappointed when it came to Michael Keaton. It was a really bit role and I was expecting him to show up at least once more during the denouement, maybe be the second man on the transport with Lopez, but no dice. Also, there wasn't enough of Luis Guzman. I don't know what I was expecting, maybe another flashback scene in the third act... just something... and I was disappointed.
Plotwise, only two things didn't make sense to me.
First was the dream sequence. It felt out of place to have a fantasy in a film that was otherwise completely grounded. Sure, we have a few flashbacks, but it's a frame story. We gain depth when and as we need it. Having the fantasy bath sequence only served to muddle things and didn't have any call backs. Personally, the only reason I think Soderbergh did it was to get some more skinship between his two leads. Pretty unnecessary when they both of them make metaphorical love just talking about Faye Dunaway movies.
Second was Steve Zahn's exit. Even if he was forced, he still needed a comeuppance for his part in the act two crackhead hit. But maybe that's just me.
Overall, this is a great film. Noirish, good jazz/funk soundtrack, satisfying ending, very few holes. I wish JLo still made films like this. Clooney still does, though his can be a bit preachier since he stopped doing Ocean's sequels.
Until tomorrow, Potatoes~