|Teen Movie Critic is a Dream Machine Site|
The Dream Machine --- The Imagination of the World Wide Web
Buy this poster at
No one has ever been able to capture Leonard's work on film, as well as director Barry Sonnenfield (Addams Family) captures it here. The film is able to transfer the great plot twists, cool characters and sharp dialogue from the book to the movie without missing a beat. Travolta's Chili Palmer has been compared to Vincent Vega from Pulp Fiction as if Travolta was playing the same guy. I don't think so. Travolta's Palmer seems much more cool, calm, composed and smarter. The supporting cast is just as good. Hackman portrays Zimm as a neurotic coward. It's something he's never done before. Russo is just as magnificent as the level-headed Flores and DeVito is in the role he was born to play.
The best (and funniest) performance comes from Farina, who's dumb mobster character is humiliated time and time again by Travolta's quick wits. Don't forget to check out Lindo's role either. His mob boss is the exact opposite of Farina's. Lindo is Al Pacino to Farina's James Caan. As I've said, no one has ever been able to make Leonard's novels filmable. But with the great screenplay, performances, directing, and set design, it all comes together quite excellently.