Scarecrow has one of Pacino and Hackman's best performances. I'm completely surprised they did not get nominated. Pacino plays a character that I've never seen him play before. Instead of getting violent, Lion believes that you can just make someone laugh and everything will be ok. That's why scarecrows stay away from the field. Max thinks he's crazy. Sometimes you have to rough someone up to get them to stop. Pacino being the comedic and light-hearted character? Really? Of course you have Scent of a Woman, but he's a tough prick in that film. The problem with the film is that everything explores this idea without being very creative. They give you so many cliche things for them to do together, and nothing really comes about from most of it. But the performances draw the audiences in. I was pretty bored by the beginning. A long shot of Lion and Max meeting for the first time trying to hitch a ride. I'm sure many people say it's a brilliant opening, but I just thought it was dull. The jail scene is heartbreaking, because we have had hammered into us so much Lion's ideas of the scarecrow.
When the guy first starts coming onto Lion he tries to make him laugh to get him out of the situation. It doesn't work. Instead he gets the shit kicked out of him and he gets raped. This is when you need Max's no-nonsense ideals. And then his reaction from his conversation with his ex is pretty devastating. We think maybe he has seen through her bullshit, but he hasn't. The scene with the kids at the fountain is done so well. At first it's so cheerful. He plays with the little boys and they love him, but then the shot of the demon lets us know he is about to turn. It's a great ending, but there were so many dull parts that I really had to push myself through. Still worth watching for some memorable performances.