posted on May, 23 2010 @ 06:16 AM
The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans (2009).
Ok, I saw this last night in a pretty crap cinema & I'd had a lot to drink, so I'm not going to comment on the sound at all. Continuing to be fair,
I must say that IMO Harvey Keitel's performance in "Bad Lieutenant" is 1 of the most honest & powerful of all time; IMO Nick Cage is vastly
overrated & IMO, film, as a medium, is rarely able to shed any useful light on bizarre psychological states, such as those that prolongued drug abuse
lead to. Looking back on these preconceptions & the film, I'm pleasantly surprised.
There are faults: it seems as if they have decided to try to make a virtue out of necessity regarding the cinematography. There are many shots which
are badly focussed, overexposed (leading to limited colour choices) &/or poorly framed. This style goes on to presage the protagonist's experience,
if I'm charitable, but I honestly think they just cocked up & had to make the rest to fit what they already had in the can. Val Kilmer does nothing
noteworthy on screen, so I hope he was a worthwhile investment for rehearsal. Similarly, Fairuza Balk seemed an odd inclusion, since she gets so
little to work with, but we do get to see her in her underwear, so thats a plus!
Eva Mendes steals the show with a very natural performance, but there are times when the editing of scenes between her & Cage just highlight how
wooden he is. I came away feeling like they had invested far too much in Nick Cage's ability to carry us; he could have been better if he'd had to
try harder to bounce off his costars.
The film felt long, but somehow that was ok. Its being promoted as drama, but I think its better approached as subtle dark comedy & the duration is
necessary to set us up for the ending, which is ironic on several levels, but, I suspect, too subtle for many people.
Overall, I think that they could have got more production value into the film by spending less on actors & more on technical expertise, but its very
enjoyable all the same.