Mona Lisa (1986)
Average Rating: 8/10
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Average Rating: 8.1/10
Critic Reviews: 6
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Bob Hoskins plays George, a tough but basically goodhearted British mob flunky, recently released from prison, where he'd served a term to cover up for his gangster boss (Michael Caine). Still willing to be everyone's doormat, George agrees to act as chauffeur for Simone (Cathy Tyson), a haughty, high-priced call girl. They don't like each other at first, but George begins to fall for her and take a protective interest. She implores him to help her find her only truly friend, a prostitute named
Jun 13, 1986 Wide
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Anchor Bay Entertainment
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No wonder audiences have taken to this gritty romance as to a mongrel puppy; for at heart Mona Lisa is an old-fashioned poor-soul weepie, and George is less a Cagney rakehell than a Chaplin tramp.
A wonderful achievement, a dark film with a generous heart in the shape of an extraordinarily touching performance from Hoskins.
It's like watching the departure of an ocean liner. After all of the initial excitement, you're left on the dock, alone, wondering what all the fuss was about.
The movie's ending is a little too neat for my taste. But in a movie like this, everything depends on atmosphere and character, and Mona Lisa knows exactly what it is doing.
In an era when movies about love almost always invariably devolve into formulaic affairs, Neil Jordan's Mona Lisa stands out as an often-surprising, multi-layered achievement.
The bracing peaks of image, acting, and narrative architecture handily win the day over a scenario that always feels more like a willfully engineered exercise than a fully plausible reality.
The acting of Bob Hoskins in Jordan's disturbing Odd Couple tale is superb.
As a study of social façades as a means of social climbing, and as a character study of Hoskins' would-be angel, Mona Lisa excels... [Blu-ray]
A detailed, thoughtful film that sensitively explores the emotions within its seedy, exploitative milieu.
Sublime acting all round, including a convincingly sinister Michael Caine as the big boss happy to profit from the loss of innocence.
manipulates the commodities of its genre to create something fresh and unique
It's a crime film, and it can be intense and lurid, but it's first and foremost about these characters and Mona Lisa takes its time and gets to know them.
Beautifully quirky, taboo, and British.
The real drama ... stems from each character's frustrated attempt to transcend his or her lousy lot in life.
Hoskin's is engrossing in one of Neil Jordan's best movies.
First-rate character study and thriller from Neil Jordan
...despite the film's sordid themes, violence, brutality, and bloodshed, one comes away from it feeling that it's really rather a sweet and affecting story.
Audience Reviews for Mona Lisa
- George: Well, she's a woman of substance. She's a lady.
- Thomas: I thought you said she was a tart. A tall, thin, black tart.
- George: Well, maybe, but she's still a fuckin' lady.
- Simone: Being cheap is one thing. Looking cheap is another.That really takes talent..
- George: Some women are whores. Some whores are black. You take what you're given, don't ya?
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