Matchstick Men

Dan Goldwasser Movie Reviews

Headed over to The Grove with Matt to see Ridley Scott‘s latest flick, Matchstick Men. Quite the departure from his recent films (Black Hawk Down, Hannibal, Gladiator), Matchstick Men is a bit of an off-beat comedy/drama. The comedy comes from the characters more than anything else. Nicholas Cage is Roy, an obsessive-compulsive con artist who is planning on pulling the big score with his partner Frank (Sam Rockwell) against Frechette (played by everyone’s favorite Stacey Keach lookalike, Bruce McGill). Only thing is, Roy’s 14-year old daughter (Alison Lohman) whom he’s never met suddenly enters his life, and things go all different.

The film is well paced – there’s never a moment of boredom, even though it takes the first half to really pick up steam. I didn’t like the “Epilogue” segment, and felt it hurt the impactfulness* of the climax of the film. Still, Cage delivers a fine performance, and it’s definitely worth seeing for that. I was a little let down by the lack of a “moral”, considering the shady characters, but still. Oh, and Hans Zimmer’s score (with additional music by James Dooley) works well, in a rather Nino Rota-esque way.

Overall, this film was enjoyable, and felt rather solid. In a time whn there’s not much else out in theaters but crap, it’s nice to see something unique and enjoyable once in a while.

*execu-speak… blame my work environment