Prizzi's Honor Reviews
Anjelica Huston's icy but damaged mob daughter earns this film a full star in my book, not mention the Oscar it won Huston. With a cool, reserved vulnerability, her performance is captivating.
The rest of the film is not as good. The love story plot is horribly developed. There is very little chemistry between Jack Nicholson and Kathleen Turner, and the characters senselessly dive into a relationship that is based on so little that it makes one wonder why they would give up so much for its sake. The eventual plot twists are formulaic and predictable.
Overall, the film makes no sense as a drama, and though it's meant to be a comedy, I don't get the joke.
It's not one of my favorite Jack Nicholson movies but it still is a good movie. He plays all his parts well. Kathleen Turner is also good in this movie. It's a good dark comedy.
The acting in Prizzi's Honor is great. Nicholson shows his chops once again, playing the not so bright Brooklyn criminal. At first it's shocking to hear Jack talk like this, but it quickly grows and becomes a stellar performance. Kathleen Turner's performance as Irene is laid back without the over acting that Turner has been known to perform. Of course Angelica Huston one an Oscar for this one, but there are two other actors that need some praise. The first is William Hickey as the Don, a shocking turn for someone who is usually an unpleasant old man. The second is John Randolph as Charlie's father. Randolph also pulls off the Brooklyn accent and is fabulous when he's on screen. Hickey and Randolph would team up again in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.
Huston doesn't feel like a dinosaur directing this film. It's more modern than some of his younger brethren were producing at the time, yet there's a timeless quality to it. It could be the fifties and it could be present day under his direction. Prizzi's Honor stands as one of the last notches in John Huston's storied career and shows that he was able to adapt to the times and still be relevant in the film business. A great flick from a legend.
***It really is Mr. and Mrs. Smith 20sum years later...except they is more love and this one has the classic Godfather atmosphere....as always Jack Nicholson what AWSOME! he is awsome in everything!!!!!
The thing is, Prizzi's Honor is full of style and good acting. jack Nicholson is very out of character here as Charley Partana, a chubby mobster with a lisp, and he does a good job. But none of it can make up for the irrelevance in almost every scene.