May 03, 2003

The Truth About Charlie

the movie posterFrom the "what were they thinking?" files. The movie Charade was made in 1963 starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. And we need a remake of this why?

In the plus column, Thandie Newton is adorable and sexy channelling Audrey Hepburn, and Tim Robbins is a hoot in the Walter Matthau role. The soundtrack is pretty good.

In the not-so-good column I have to start out with Mark Wahlberg's performance which looked more like "in over his head con man" than the "who me? I would never do anything like that" suavity that the role calls for. A close second comes the wobbling weaving panning cutting motion-sickness-inspiring shooting style Jonathan Demme affects.

In the gutsy column comes the fact that the DVD release includes the 1963 original on the flip side of the disk so you can compare. We'll probably try to watch that before the disk has to go back to the library.

Verdict: 2 stars (out of 4)

Posted by jeffy at May 3, 2003 11:05 PM