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The Bonfire of the Vanities


Roger Davidson

Bonfire of the Vanities, The
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One of the few nadirs of Tom Hanks career, this adaptation of Tom Wolfe's novel pretty much misses the mark. It involves cocky Wall street broker, Sherman McCoy (Hanks), whose life is changed for the worse, thanks to a wrong turn in the Bronx. The people he thought he could trust, including his wife (Kim Cattrall) and his mistress (Melanie Griffith), turn against him and cast him to the media circus that is attempting to destroy him. The only person who gives him any sort of "sympathy" is sleazy reporter Peter Fallow (Bruce Willis), who is trying to get the scoop about McCoy for his own personal gain.

This black comedy which attacks the greedy and the wealthy of America, couldn't have had a more off kilter production. Their are some genuine laughs, some of which are provided by Willis. But my main gibe is the miscasting of Hanks, Griffith and Willis in crucial roles. Cattral's performance is one of the most over-the-top I've ever seen. In fact, everything seems to be overblown and the point of Wolfe's novel never comes across on screen. One of the many times when you should definitely read the book instead of watching the movie.

My Rating = Two Stars

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