Saturday, November 3, 2007

An Afternoon at the Movies

I took yesterday afternoon off and went to the movies. This is the first time I have ever done this, but it may not be the last. You get great seats, no lines, and lower prices. What's not to like about that? I have been waiting for this movie ever since I saw the previews. With Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe in the lead roles, this has got to be the best gangster movie since the "The Godfather", right? Well, it is a great movie, but it is more in the vein of "French Connection" than "The Godfather".
I won't bore you with the details of a movie review here, but I will tell you it is worth going to see. Washington and Crowe are two of the best actors working today and they prove it once again in this movie. Their chemistry is very good, but not electric. The movie is set in the late 60's. Washington plays a black drug kingpin in Harlem while Crowe plays a cop trying to stop the flow of heroin into this country. Crowe is also fighing the internal battle of being an honest cop in a dishonest setting. This storyline, while true, seems to be borrowed from "Serpico".
The movie is based on a true story. That's about all I'm going to say so that I don't spoil it for you.
Reward yourself. Take an afternoon off and go to the movies. Next week, I think I may go see "Michael Clayton" starring George Clooney.