Rainer's Review of Sea of Love

  • 19 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
    Sea of Love

    Sea of Love (1989)

    After Pacino's little film hiatus in the late 80s, Sea of Love was his "comeback", and he played it safe.
    He plays a cop who drinks and smokes too much and got left by his wife. His transformation from 70s juvenile to old guy with monster pouches wasn't finished yet, his voice is already raspy as hell though and doesn't fit the face so good at this point.

    Sea of Love is not a classic and is mostly forgotten nowadays, I digged it up for Pacino's sake (I think he's one of the greatest actors of his generation, and I try to watch as many films with him as possible - leaving out some of the duds though). Also, this is probably a film my father likes, not that he has such good taste in movies, but 80s crime flicks with soundtracks like cheap porn have always kind of a nostalgic effect on me (you know he has a lot of DVDs like this at home, and when I'm getting bored I borrow them...).

    Surprisingly, Sea of Love is not as cliché-ladden as I thought it would be - the story is kinda fresh, and with, let's say, David Fincher at helm, it could have been a classic. In the hands of Harold Becker it's still an entertaining, sometimes funny (mostly because of John Goodman), sometimes thrilling, crime drama - and the final twist is really good.

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