05 June 2014

Scent of a Woman, 1992 - ★★★★

For a film I only remember as a tango sequence there's an awful lot more going on. It may be the type of Oscar bait that people don't like (or admit to liking) but I really enjoyed just about all of the two and half hours. Yes, there is no need for a film like this to be that long but it never got dull. My only problem was the ridiculousness of the school incident (which is perhaps an accurate reflection of the ridiculousness of boarding school politics) and the mixed messages in Pacino's closing arguments. Surely the whole thing could have been avoided if any of the hundred or so witnesses recognised any of the voices over the PA system, or just didn't give a crap about a visit to a car wash.

I watched this as one of the many films shown on TV after the tragic death of Philip Seymour Hoffman and it may only be a small part but it's full of the things that made PSH such a great screen presence. This may be the film where Pacino changed from a character actor to a caricature actor but he's having a blast and so should you.

June 05, 2014 at 07:58PM

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