Post by wallsofjericho on Jan 24, 2020 21:57:35 GMT
Planning on watching this on the weekend. I've heard a lot of people say this is one of Nicholson's most underrated performances. Have to say I'm probably looking forward to seeing Bruce Dern more. How do you rank this with Nicholson's other more acclaimed performances?
Love it very much - I think it is his most underrated performance and I think if you want to argue Nicholson as the GOAT after Brando (I rank him 3rd after Brando but he's in the mix for #1 certainly....) - this is somewhat the reason why - because not only does he have the personality performances, the "Jack" ones, he has enough change-ups to show he could transcend his personality too.
Not only are him and Dern great here - so is Ellen Burstyn (OTT in a scary-ish, losing it way) ........it's a very 70s movie, improves on rewatches and is one of the minor-tier 70s classics where you just wonder how many great movies did they make in that decade - especially the first half of it. Makes a great double feature with the other films which show 2 males as friends (brothers here) dependent on each other- Scarecrow, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Papillion etc.
Very underrated Jack performance. I wouldn't rank it among his career best but a very strong one nonetheless. He's low key here. Troubled, optimistic, emotional. Far away from his "Jack being Jack" persona.
I love the guy and I do because of his "Jack" performances (Shining, Cuckoo and so many more) but his real acting power is in performances like this one (or Five Easy Pieces, the Passenger etc).
An outstanding performance and a very different one from the charismatic and colourful roles he is usually associated with. I wasn't a huge fan of the film overall but it was definitely worth watching even only for Nicholson's monologues.
Rewatched this last night and was struck by how you could swap Hackman and Nicholson here and in The Conversation.....the way Nicholson sort of manically talks to Scatman Crothers about his brother suggests much the same way Hackman talks to Harrison Ford - sort of a scared, pouring out of himself and letting his guard down.