Monday, 4 June 2018

Alternate Best Supporting Actor 1991: Alan Rickman in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Alan Rickman did not receive an Oscar nomination, despite winning BAFTA, for portraying George aka the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

Robin Hood: Princes of Thieves struggles as it is far too timid in embracing a more flamboyant, if not even a bit more goofy, tone leaving a severe inconsistency between some extremely dark, and some extremely absurd moments.

One man who is not at all confused by what the tone of the film needs though is Alan Rickman who to quote his BAFTA winning speech gives "a healthy reminder to me that subtlety isn't everything". Alan Rickman's performance is his very own personal example of "watch me act" a potentially dangerous idea, however used in the right circumstance can be a true gem of the partially absurd. There needs to be a few ingredients for this recipe for it to come out just right, and not a pile of overcooked Terl shaped nonsense. One is a legitimate actor, which we have in Alan Rickman who proved himself quite capable of a more subtle turns from 1991 whether it be the romantic ghost, the manipulative interrogator, or a cuckolded husband. Rickman acquitted himself properly in each role despite their differences, though this is treated by many as his crown jewel from this year. Well that brings me the next ingredient to this difficult recipe. This is such a film that just won't accept itself as a fun adventure, despite so many silly elements, so Rickman chooses to provide the entertainment. This performance also needs the right character for this approach, which we have in this film's Sheriff of Nottingham. Of course all those element are for naught though if one is missing the final key element, which is the proper execution of a "watch me act" performance.

Well thankfully all those ingredients are all found in this honey glazed prime slice of ham that just tastes so very good. Rickman's performance has a keen awareness that the Sheriff of Nottingham isn't just a villain, but an absolute fiend without a hint of a redeeming element as written. He seems to take this as a cue then to make up for such potential simplicity in the character by absolutely owning every moment of the character's villainy. Take even his opening scene where he invites Robin Hood (Kevin Costner)'s father (Brian Blessed) to join his ranks. Despite the white robes Rickman in no way wishes to hide Nottingham's black heart as his eyes are overflowing with a maniacal intensity, and he bears a sneer that only a proper vicious psychopath could wear. This murder of Robin's father though is but a diabolical preview of the madness that is to come. A madness that is of a certain sort, that Rickman grants to we the audience, that we should be more than eager to accept with humble gratitude as Raul Julia would say as M. Bison, a spiritual brother of this performance in many ways.

There is the idea of the villain, the start of an idea and only that. What Rickman demands is that the audience get so much more than that. Rickman delivers the requisite villainy. He has the menace, he has that intensity, but really those are not the true focus of this performance. They are just an underlying aspect because Rickman knew that just being a good villain would not be good enough for this film. This film needed a bit more spice than that, it needed something a bit more "hamtastic" shall we say. Rickman delivers that with aplomb in his way of playing the Sheriff not only pure evil, but pure evil in a way that couldn't be more enjoyable. Everything about what Rickman does is an actor giving it his all, and is such a glorious fashion. Rickman even physically embodies this, as I love the way he rarely seems to sit still portraying it as though the Sheriff is just constantly annoyed by everything and everyone around him. Rickman delivers this great unpredictability through that physicality. He goes beyond any limits of any scene to properly chew, but in a way that is something so wonderful. The way he stomps and storms around is a marvelous display that one could argue grants the Sheriff a certain petulance that is rather enjoyable, also it just incredibly entertaining to watch Rickman do it even beyond that. 

Of course what is a performance like this without some delicious line readings, and these are some of the most delicious you'll see in a film. I mean you have Rickman's already magnificent voice then you have it pumped up to eleven to garnish every scene he is in with such beautiful gems, either ad-libbed by Rickman, lines he specially had friends write for him, or just made so by what he brings to them. Now I don't know if I should even begin to state the lines because there are just so many things made so very special by the sheer monstrous absurdity that Rickman grants them, well speaking them with such beautiful relish. Eh what the hey, there's the peculiar threat "Locksley. I'll cut your heart out with a spoon." gives such fierce insanity, his especially specific time orders for his wenches "You. My room. 10:30 tonight.You. 10:45... And bring a friend" with such smarmy disregard for all decency, his quieter yet as intense instructions to make his stitches small that Rickman grants with such excessive vanity, and of course let's never forget the holiday classic line of "call off Christmas" the oh so fret less and hilarious demand as improvised by Rickman. Evidently Rickman only took on the part after being given free reign with the role, apparently correctly believing the script to be terrible, and essentially sought out to ensure the audience is entertained by him at the very least though. Rickman in a way is kind of trolling a film he knows is bad, but he is doing it in a way to make sure everyone who watches it will get something to enjoy from it. A most notable effort that he does pull off, and I'll say it the right approach. I mean take the finale of the film where we have the Sheriff's attempted rape of Maid Marian a scene that frankly shouldn't be in any fun adventure film. Rickman takes the terrible idea and decides to make work. How, well by playing it as absurdly as possible with every digression, usually of the Sheriff being exasperated by yet another interruption as though he's guy way past his deadline on some important project. Rickman very oddly makes it work because he keeps the scene from at all embracing the very dark implications, and keeping every moment as ridiculous as it should be. I especially love the way in the end how Rickman sword fights Costner in sort of this free style way. It is emblematic of his whole performance where Rickman is performing some great jazz while nearly everyone else is playing rusted some poorly written orchestral piece with rusty instruments that are out of tune. Rickman may be on a different wavelength, but he knows what he's doing to the point he makes something wholly worthwhile in what otherwise would be a completely disposable series of pictures.

79 comments:

Robert MacFarlane said...

Seldom has contempt for one's own movie been so delectable. Honestly, the failure of this film made me realize that A Knight's Tale is the closest we've had to what a fun Robin Hood movie should be since the 70's. Also, who would you have cast instead of Costner? Perhaps it's ironic, but I would have gone with Cary Elwes.

Matt Mustin said...

Robert: "Unlike some other Robin Hoods, I can speak with an English accent."

Mitchell Murray said...

Delightful performance from an actor I greatly miss. Thoughts on Costner, Louis? Also to answer Robert's question, I'd maybe go for Sean Bean. He would have been age appropriate and more importantly - British.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Matt: Yeah, basically. I did find it amusing how Costner just dropped pretense after 15 minutes and just used his Midwestern accent.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Your thoughts on the cinematography of Deliverance and The Deer Hunter.

Luke Higham said...

So happy Rickman got a five.

Louis: Your Rating and thoughts on Morgan Freeman.

RatedRStar said...

Anybody here watched Sean Bean as Sharpe? that basically is Robin Hood, if it was set during the French Revolution.

Luke Higham said...

RatedRStar: You mean the Napoleonic War :)

I've seen an episode or two and Pete Postlethwaite's pretty good from what I can remember.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Really glad Rickman has his second five now :)
Louis: Your updated top 5 Rickman performances, and your updated top ten performances from Scorcese films.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Louis: Could Rickman go up for and be reviewed in 95 supporting for Sense and Sensibility.

Calvin Law said...

Is it weird that thus review compels me to watch the film again? So glad to see Rickman get a 5 again.

The upcoming Robin Hood with Taron Egerton looks terrible too.

Luke Higham said...

Louis: Your 2010s Cast for Prince of Thieves.

Anonymous said...

Glad he got a 5, he made this film worth watching just for his performance.

RatedRStar said...

Luke: Yes I dont remember Bean being in Les Miserables lol.

Not sure what to make of the new Suspiria trailer, looks alright I guess, I think the 70s itself gave Suspiria that slice of classic over the topness that worked I feel.

Bryan L said...

Louis: Your thoughts on the trailers to Operation Finale and The Old Man & The Gun?

Mitchell Murray said...

Bryan:

Operation Finale - Looks fairly interesting, though the biggest takeaway for me was that its Nick Kroll's second attempt at drama. Lets hope he's learned from the first.

The Old Man & The Gun - Okay, I'm actually really intrigued by this both in terms of story and casting. Redford and Spacek both seem to be in roles that play to their strengths, and I'm glad the later is finally stepping into the spotlight again.

Bryan L said...

Mitchell: I feel the same about Operation Finale, and I'm really looking forward to The Old Man & The Gun as well. Looks like it could be a fitting farewell role for Redford.

Omar Franini said...

1. Pesci
2. Rickman
3. Patrick
4. Swayze
5. Sadler

Louis Morgan said...

Robert:

I'd agree, Elwes, I mean he can do that English accent after all.

Mitchell:

Costner - (His accent is the apex of the performance in that it is that terrible English accent, then it is the midwestern accent which are both equally out of place and terrible. That is only a minor facet of his whole performance that is so out of place from the casting itself of course but really everything he does. He never seems terribly invested, his speeches couldn't be blander (particularly notable if you compare them to his speeches in JFK), and just barely goes through the motions most of the time. The few times he tries to be actually emotional it is horribly laughable.)

Anonymous:

I think I can probably cover both at once as Vilmos Zsigmond's work in both films is incredibly impressive and very similair in approach. Fitting given the films' subject matters. Obviously both have a lot to deal with using the natural world which he takes a very naturalistic approach with. Known as the "master of light", the meaning of that is a bit different perhaps in that he rarely uses it overtly, yet instead realizes rather stunning lighting while making it look as though it is all by accident, which is always quite the achievement. What truly stands out though about his work in both films is the incredible framing and composition of every shot. This is partially in terms of so effortlessly maneuvering crowd scenes, without seeming jumbled or too narrow, but also in crafting such dynamic singular moments, particularly the shot of Voight waiting, or De Niro walking along the mountain. His shots in both film often are these landscape paintings brought to life as each shot grants such vibrancy, and detail seemingly with such ease, in the eye of the viewer that is.

Luke:

Freeman - 2.5(Freeman struggles with the tone himself as he seems genuinely confused at times in what to do, whether to be more of this stoic warrior, or a more of a wry sidekick. Freeman does bring his typical charm within this, but he fumbles around a lot never quite knowing what to do with the material unlike Rickman.)

Tahmeed:

1. Die Hard
2. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
3. Truly, Madly, Deeply
4. Galaxy Quest
5. Closet Land

1. Joe Pesci - Goodfellas
2. Joe Pesci - Raging Bull
3. Robert De Niro - Raging Bull
4. Andrew Garfield - Silence
5. Robert De Niro - Goodfellas
6. Ray Liotta - Goodfellas
7. Leonardo DiCaprio - The Wolf of Wall Street
8. Lorraine Bracco - Goodfellas
9. Robert De Niro - The King of Comedy
10. Ellen Burstyn - Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Maybe.

Bryan:

Operation Finale looks fine, but only just fine. There was nothing about the trailer, other than the potency of the actual true story, that really came across overly well. Not that anything came off poorly, but rather just fine.

I'm in love with the Old Man and His Gun trailer. The story (reminiscent of The Grey Fox), the 70's style aesthetic Lowery is using, Redford, and Spacek who both look very promising, plus Tom Waits in anything is going to peek my interest.

Robert MacFarlane said...

I just saw First Reformed, and my God Hawke is amazing in it.

Mitchell Murray said...

Robert: Career best, perhaps? That's the term I've heard people waving around.

Robert MacFarlane said...

Mitchell: It's on par with his Boyhood work for me (if you know me, you know that's one of my favorite performances of the decade).

Louis Morgan said...

Luke:

Hmmm

To try to replicate this film:

Robin of Locksley: Vin Diesel
Azeem: Forest Whitaker
Will Scarlett: Finn Jones
The Sheriff of Nottingham: Jared Harris
Guy of Gisborne: David O'Hara

To make a good film:

Robin of Locksley: Matthias Schoenaerts
Azeem: Don Cheadle
Will Scarlett: Richard Madden
Little John: Rory McCann
Maid Marian: Carey Mulligan
King Richard: Jeremy Irons
Mortianna: Tilda Swinton
The Sheriff of Nottingham: Jared Harris
Guy of Gisborne: David O'Hara

Calvin Law said...

I'm so excited for First Reformed. Hawke's work in Maudie and Boyhood, in addition to the Before trilogy and Before the Devil Knows You're You're, have solidified him as one of my favourite actors working today. I'm hoping he won't disappoint (though I'm really annoyed I have to wait till July).

Louis Morgan said...

Calvin:

And Born to be Blue, the man does not get enough credit.

Mitchell Murray said...

Ok, updated list for my most anticipated leading performances of the year:

Lead Actor -

Ethan Hawke (First Reformed)
Joaquin Phoenix (You Were Never Really Here)
Ryan Gosling (First Man)
Steve Carell (Beautiful Boy)
Lucas Hedges (Boy Erased)
Robert Redford (Old Man & The Gun)

Lead Actress -

Toni Collette (Hereditary)
Viola Davis (Widows)
Charlize Theron (Tully)
Saorise Ronan (Mary Queen of Scots)
Carey Mulligan (Wildlife)
Emma Stone (The Favourite)
And.. just to keep things interesting.. Rachel McAdams (Disobedience)

Mitchell Murray said...

Louis and Calvin - I'm inclined to agree with both of you.

Emi Grant said...

Everyone: Has anyone here watched You Were Never Really Here yet? I'd like to hear more people's thoughts on it since I have.

Calvin Law said...

Emi: I have. Quite dug it for the most part, Ramsey's directorial touches were very attuned to the material, Phoenix was great, Greenwood score great, and some fantastic juxtaposition of dark comedy and emotional/physical violence. I did feel it was at times a bit too vague and slow-paced.

Emi Grant said...

Calvin: That's pretty much how I felt, but I'd say I didn't quite dug it as much. I also wasn't a fan of some song choices and ways scenes were executed.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Present film roles for Claire Trevor, Barbara Stanwyck and Bette Davis.

Anonymous said...

Louis: your top 20 susan sarandon acting moments

Anonymous said...

Louis: your top 20 richard dreyfuss acting moments

Charles H said...

Louis: Your cast for a Kurosawa version of Memories of Murder.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Louis: Could Kevin Costner go up for JFK when you rewatch it, or is his rating settled.

Luke Higham said...

Looking forward to Hawke's review and first ever five. I hope Redford does as well.

Tahmeed: If I remember correctly, Louis said he was poor in his first scene.

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous:

Claire Trevor:

Mildred Hayes
Anna Morales
Daisy Domergue

Barbara Stanwyck:

Katherine Graham
Violet Weston
Peggy Dodd

Bette Davis:

Lavona Golden
Alice Howland
Mary Todd Lincoln

Anonymous:

Sarandon:

1. Demanding the truth - Dead Man Walking
2. The Execution - Dead Man Walking
3. The Killing - Thelma and Louise
4. Visiting the breved father after the execution - Dead Man Walking
5. The ending - Thelma and Louise
6. Church of baseball - Bull Durham
7. Pretending to be his daughter - Atlantic City
8. First meeting with the dead son's father - Dead Man Walking
9. Deciphering her son's message - Lorenzo's Oil
10. The cop - Thelma and Louise
11. Finding Out about Dave's death - Atlantic City
12. First Meeting with the dead daughter's parents - Dead Man Walking
13. Reading in Bed - Bull Durham
14. Before a gunfight - Light Sleeper
15. Dismissing the bad Nanny - Lorenzo's Oil
16. Meeeting Lou - Atlantic City
17. Unusual drug dealer - Light Sleeper
18. Park Bench - Solitary Man
19. Revealing Herself - Robot & Frank
20. Confronting her husband - Arbitrage

Anonymous:

Dreyfuss:

1. Comparing scars/Indianapolis Speech - Jaws
2. Desperate measure - Jaws
3. Quint - Jaws
4. "Advising" Bush personally - W
5. First attacking the shark - Jaws
6. Final reflections - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
7. Dinner with the chief - Jaws
8. Meeting the DJ - American Graffiti
9. "You're all going to die" - Jaws
10. Seeing the mothership - Close Encounters of the Third Kind
11. Trying to murder Bob - What About Bob
12. Pushing for War - W
13. Family breakdown - Close Encounters of the Third Kind
14. The way of a tragedy - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
15. Opening the shark - Jaws
16. Wedding objections - What About Bob
17. After the bad performance - The Goodbye Girl
18. The Players Speech - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
19. Strange things in the Night - Close Encounters of the Third Kind
20. Introduction - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Charles:

60's Kurosawa:

Park Doo-man: Toshiro Mifune
Kim Sang-Kyung: Tatsuya Nakadai
Cho Yong-koo: Minoru Chiaki
Sergeant Shin: Takashi Shimura
Sergeant Koo: Yunosuke Ito
Office Kwon: Machiko Kyo
Baek Kwang-ho: Isao Kimura
Park Hyeon-gyu: Tsutomu Yamazaki

Luke:

He is, however that doesn't mean his rating is settled.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Louis: Glad to hear that, I just watched it for the first time right now and loved it. The entire supporting cast was great, and the fact that Costner delivered that final monologue without faltering slightly was just brilliant.

Luke Higham said...

I hope Costner goes up, I loved his performance during the trial.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Just one last question similar to the one I asked before: Present film roles for Gary Cooper, Cary Grant and William Powell.

Anonymous said...

Everyones thoughts on A Star is Born trailer?

Calvin Law said...

I have no idea why this had to be a 'remake' of A Star is Born in any way, based on the trailer it really doesn't have any indication why it would have that resemblance beyond the general plot structure and the title. Both leads look promising I guess, though there's not much else I found particularly striking besides an unexpected Dave Chapelle sighting.

Louis: your thoughts on Kaitlin Olson, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, David Hornsby, Brian Unger and Andrew Friedman in It's Always Sunny?

Mitchell Murray said...

Anonymous: By all accounts the movie looks like Bradley Cooper's version of "Crazy Heart". I'm less than intrigued about its premise - and Lady Gaga for that matter - but I will admit, Cooper seems to be in a role he could do well in. I wish the guy pulls of it because it seems like the kind of "lived in" performance he really needs right now.

Mitchell Murray said...

And for the record I have not seen "A Star Is Born" so I have little to no idea how it looks compared to the original.

RatedRStar said...

In my opinion you have a great version (1954) an okish version (1937) and a medicore version (1976)

I got pretty moody feeling watching the channel Beyond the Trailer and hearing the lady say that the other A Star is Born films arent very good (did she really see the 54 version)

Giuseppe Fadda said...

I’ve seen only the 1954 version of A Star is Born and I thought it was very good. The remake seems fine enough, especially the two leads seem promising (I thought Gaga was legitimately great in American Horror Story: Hotel and I think she can could pull off the role quite well)

Nguyễn Ngọc Toàn said...

Louis: Have you seen Hereditary? If so, What's your opinion about the cast?

For me: Mind-blowing

Anonymous said...

I hear Toni Collete is pretty damn good in it.

Robert MacFarlane said...

I actually heard Alex Wolff is really good in it.

Michael McCarthy said...

Alex Wolff has honestly been pretty good in everything I've seen him in. Hell, I remember him being good in The Naked Brothers Band.

Robert MacFarlane said...

So he's the talented Wolff brother?

Luke Higham said...

Louis: What would be your alternative UK cast for a 2000s Spider-Man. (What if Peter Parker was a Londoner instead of a New Yorker)

Bryan L said...

Luke: I'd like to take a crack at that if you don't mind.

Spider-Man: Ben Whishaw
Green Goblin: Gary Oldman
Mary Jane: Felicity Jones
Harry Osborn: Dominic Cooper
J. Jonah Jameson: Peter Capaldi (I can't picture anyone other than JK Simmons though)
Uncle Ben: Richard Harris
Rosemary Harris as Aunt May

I'd keep Alfred Molina for Dr. Octopus

Sandman: Jason Isaacs
Gwen Stacy: Emily Blunt

Bryan L said...

As for Eddie Brock, I'd go with Henry Cavill for that decade.

Matt Mustin said...

UK Spider-Man: I like a lot of Bryan's choices, but I would say Jason Isaacs for Norman Osborn and Julie Walters for Aunt May.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Who's everyone rooting for this World Cup? I'm supporting Argentina and Egypt this time.

Luke Higham said...

Tahmeed: England & Belgium. It's a Shame Wales and Northern Ireland didn't make it but what can you do. England are useless yet they're the only home nation competing and Belgium have Hazard and De Bruyne. I wish the best of luck to Egypt though it seems Salah might not play.

Anonymous said...

Louis: Could you give your thoughts on the directorial styles of Sidney Lumet and Tomas Alfredson?

Also, your top films that are very realism oriented.

RatedRStar said...

Luke: Argentina for me, Lionel Messis final chance =D =D, I want Russia to go out of the group stage because it would be funny, personally I would laugh if England did go out early lol

Luke Higham said...

Well, I'm glad none of you went with Portugal. I've never been a fan of Cristiano Ronaldo. I much prefer Messi and I'll be pleased if he won just to put the GOAT conversation to bed with Ronaldo.

Matt Mustin said...

Tahmeed: Is Canada playing? Cause then, that's who I'm rooting for.

Bryan L said...

Louis and everyone: Thoughts on Damian Lewis playing Steve McQueen in Tarantino's next film? He feels like an inspired choice to me, and I'm eager to see how he does.

Matt Mustin said...

Bryan: Lewis is a great choice, but the one that's really interesting to me is Dakota Fanning as Squeaky Fromme.

Luke Higham said...

Matt: They didn't qualify nor the USA. The United States need to abolish the College requirement for the national team if they want to do well. They need to select players for their talent, not for their Education or Background.

Matt Mustin said...

Luke: Okay, England then.

Luke Higham said...

Bryan: Inspired choice, I hope he gets enough screentime.

Michael McCarthy said...

I've been gunning for Damian Lewis to play Steve McQueen in something for YEARS.

Tahmeed Chowdhury said...

Luke: Salah will miss Egypt's first two games. Really, UEFA or someone should punish Ramos, bringing WWE to a football field.

Luke Higham said...

Tahmeed: Yeah, Fuck him.

Charles H said...

Tahmeed: True.

Charles H said...

I'll probably be rooting for England or Sweden. I wish Italy or Ireland made the cut, but gotta play the cards you're dealt with.

Emi Grant said...

Everyone's thoughts on The Girl On The Spider Web's trailer?

I think it looks alright, but Foy's accent/voice does sound distracting

Luke Higham said...

Charles: Apart from the Euro final in 2012, Italy have really gone downhill since 2006. And the Republic of Ireland have been very unlucky, especially when they got robbed by France in a qualifying play-off in 2009.

Luke Higham said...

Emi: I really don't see the point in this without Mara, Craig and Fincher. As much as I like Foy, the role itself isn't right for her.

Louis Morgan said...

Anonymous:

Gary Cooper:

Howard (Lucky)
Paterson
Richard Loving

Cary Grant:

Steve Jobs (Not a perfect fit, but the idea of Grant doing Sorkin dialogue seems perfect.)
M. Gustave
Phoenix Buchanan

William Powell:

J. Jonah Jameson
Deputy Chicory
Mitchell Garabedian
Anonymous:

I'm not sure we needed yet another remake, but whatever. Cooper looks like he is going all in as both a director and actor, I hope that works out. From the trailer it still looks like it could go either way, however it raised my hopes for it a bit.

Calvin:

Olson - (Her performance is a great indication of why not to waste a female character in a sitcom, just like Elaine in Seinfeld Dee is not left out in on the "fun" and the whole series benefits. Although oddly she was very much the typical trope in the first season, thankfully they quickly changed that. This in turn allows Olson to let loose in terms of performance. Although not quite on the heights of her onscreen brother, I will never stop talking about the credit Howerton deserves and doesn't get, she's quite great in getting to define her own train wreck apart from the men, but technically also part of it. She's terrific though in terms of either creating the mania of Dee as occasionally this catalyst that is perhaps even more vicious than some others, and in turn in quite hilarious. She also works by this other stream though in episodes that is purposefully and effectively in contrast where she realizes a just as horrible madness, though in a different way. Her physical work, and timing just is consistently on point in making her a most enjoyable bird.)

Ellis - (Her role is somewhat thankless within the scheme, mostly there to set up moments for Howerton and Day. Although I do enjoy the subversion of the typical "dream girl" character where the consistent reality is she is anything but. She still does well with the somewhat more severe limitations, and in turn kind of giving a much lower key take on a similair thing to what Olson does with Dee. It works though as Ellis plays it as honestly much sadder when the character's various problems are consistently brought as she plays it a bit more realistically, and works as contrast as the more absurd work of Day in particular.)

Hornsby - (A little of Hornsby in the role goes a long way I will say, I think Cricket is used best when he is not the focus of an episode, but is rather in say a scene. His performance is at such an elevated pitch, first fearful desperation then later more of nihilistic desperation where it seems he's given up on it all. I do actually prefer the latter. This can grate a touch when overused I find, particularly in his earlier appearances. When he is used in the right way though Hornsby's performance is pure comedy gold quite honestly. Again his performance quite works in that there is a very realistic pain within the absurdity at the same time. It is that combination that somehow makes it all the more remarkable, again though when used in the right doses, particularly as the radio guest, or the Tali-bum.)

Louis Morgan said...


Unger - (Unger's guest appearances in all are pretty funny and I do like how there is this gradual process with his performance. In that in his early appearances he acts mostly the straight man, though with a touch of overt humor in his smug confidence he brings to the role. In each successive appearance he rather effectively grows more and more antagonistic in a way, and I like the way Unger portrays as though the lawyer slowly becomes accustom the gang and how to handle them.)

Friedman - (Friedman gives a one note performance, a one note performance of absolute hilarity. He is great in crafting this most bizarre yet most amusing constant of being this stereotyped creepy uncle, but I love the way he plays it with this certain naivety with his way of delivering everything so softly, and slowly. This in turn makes him all the creepier, but also all the funnier.)

Nguyễn Ngọc Toàn:

Hasn't *quite* been released here yet.

Michael:

Agreed on the younger Wolff. Despite the lower profile at the moment I'm pretty sure he is the Ralph to the Joseph.

Luke:

Spider-Man: Toby Kebbell
Green Goblin: Ralph Fiennes
Mary Jane: Yeah Jones
Harry Osborn: Sam Riley
J. Jonah Jameson: Yeah Capaldi is the only choice.
Uncle Ben: Albert Finney
Aunt May: Angela Lansbury
Doc Ock: Yeah you can keep Molina
Sandman: Liam Cunningham

Bryan:

Brilliant casting choice.

Anonymous:

Let me you get those on the next post.

Louis Morgan said...

Emi:

Alvarez looks like he's going for Fincher meets Alfredson in style, trailer seems a little overly actiony for the character, near superhero style, though that could be just the marketing.

I didn't hate any of it...except for Foy's performance in the trailer. It seemed like a robotized version of what Mara did, hopefully it works better in context, but it's a shame they couldn't get her back since Mara seemed passionate about the sequels.

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