Monday, April 25, 2011
Carlito's Way- 1993, starring Al Pacino, Penelope Ann Miller, Sean Penn, John Leguizamo, and Viggo Mortensen
He says- Street-wise Puerto Rican Pacino winds up a five-year jail term and tries to go straight, but loyalty to his sleazy lawyer (Penn), and his inability to accept the fact that "the street" has changed, seal his doom. Flawed, but still compelling; based on two Edwin Torres novels about a man with an outmoded code of honor. Pacino is arresting as always; so is an almost unrecognizable Penn. Director Paul Mazursky has a terrific cameo as a judge at the beginning of the story. Followed by a direct-to-video "prequel" in 2005. 3 stars.
I say- I don't get why so many people love this movie and put it in the same category as the Godfather or Goodfellas. The acting is great, and Maltin is correct that I didn't even recognize Sean Penn, but I felt this movie was slowly paced, and that the mob story has been done to death. 1 star.