Stand Up Guys (1/10)
by Tony Medley
children?" Not for anyone. It's bad enough to watch Al Pacino lumber
through yet another role overacting every second. But to watch him do it
with such a deficient script (Noah Haidle) and lackluster directing
(Fisher Stevens) is agony no moviegoer should be required to endure.
The first hour
is apparently a feeble attempt at a set up for the final half-hour. It
consists of lifeless dialogue between Pacino and Christopher Walken,
including a continuous Viagra joke that is old and unfunny. While Pacino
overacts outrageously (what else is new?) Walken appears as if he has
just been awakened so he could say his lines before he falls asleep
again. It's probably hard for Pacino to get work these days, but Walken
is a lot better than this.
The only time
the movie picks up is when Alan Arkin appears near the end of the film.
He breathes a little life into the stale script, but it's too little too
I didn't see
this in a critics' screening. Rather, I was invited to a promotional
screening sponsored by a radio station. Amazingly, the audience
applauded when it ended. I can't believe that anybody could have been
entertained by this film, although there were occasional spurts of
laughter throughout, and can only assume that the audience was
applauding that it had, in fact, finally ended.
January 30, 2013