By: Harold Bagwell (Four Beers) –
So I’m on this kick of checking out the old 80’s flicks. I had to come home, to Arkansas, this weekend for a closing of a house and move some things into storage. My adopted mother, so to speak, winters in Florida so I crashed at her log home on the lake.
Going through some of her old movies, I ran across this film called The January Man. Granted, the title is lame, but the film turned out to be rather entertaining, if you like that 80’s style of hero/comedy with artistic camera shots, etc.
It stars Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon, and the very sexy (and topless) Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. The writer, John Patrick Shanley, also wrote Doubt, Moonstruck, and Congo.
Now, don’t go into this thinking its going to be some masterpiece, but it’s definitely not a waste of time. It’s a story about a man who was fired from the police department two years earlier, and now, with a serial killer on the loose, there is only one man for the job… *sigh*
There’s a love interest, or two, a few really quirky characters, like the mean professor from Harry Shotter and the Legend of That’s Why Her Eye is Red.
I love the over the top acting done by Kline and the police chief. The story line is well written, with a few exceptions, and the camera angle during the stairwell scene is fantastic. Did I mention the boob shot of Mastrantonio???
I like that they keep you guessing who the killer is and then eliminating the suspects one by one. I always like trying to guess who it is, unlike that awkward moment when that girl walks up to you with a really pissed off look and says “You don’t remember me, do you?”.
The one thing that jumped out at me that I didn’t much care for were Kline’s epiphanies in the film. Out of nowhere, he gets a clue that somehow puts the next piece of the puzzle together. It could’ve been a bit more creative.
Although it wasn’t terrible, the mood swings from serious to comedy to suspense rather quickly. Just about the time I think we are in an action scene, it takes a comedy turn, and not always in an appropriate spot.
You know that girl that’s cute enough that she only needs three beers, but ugly enough you know a fourth one will make you feel better about it when you explain it to your friends… yeah.
The film is littered with great actors and actresses. If you can find it, add it to a classics (even though its not really a classic) movie night at home. It’s worth the watch.
Take a Drink: every time you find yourself thinking, “Wait, what the hell just happened?” because you feel like you missed something, even thought you didn’t.
Take a Drink: every time you think the killer is the chief (not saying if he is or isn’t, just take the damn drink).
Do a Shot: each time Kline mentions cooking.
Do a Shot: every time you see someone naked.