After Hours Reviews
One of Martin Scorsese's least-known movies, and there's a reason for that. It is not that good. It had potential, as a quirky comedy or an intense drama, but it's these very possibilities that doom it to failure. Instead of picking one of the two courses and sticking with it, Scorsese tries to have a bet each way, making it a quirky comedy with deadly serious thriller aspects to it too, and the two sides don't gel (how could they, possibly?).
Difficult to view it seriously as a thriller, when you have these comedic moments. Difficult to laugh when the danger may be real. This conflict makes for an uneven experience.
Not funny enough to be a good comedy (though there are some good moments), not intense enough to be a good drama. The comedy itself mostly revolves around trying to throw as many wacky characters and situations into the mix as possible, and this gets rather tiresome, rather quickly.
The adventure that befalls Paul Hackett is quite a roller-coaster ride though, and it is this ceaseless momentum that prevents the movie from being total waste of time. Ending is quite poetic too.
- Martin Scorsese
So that's a good description of this here film. Here's an extension to that motive/expression: "He admits attempting to incubate within the viewer the feeling of being in a limbo state somewhere between sleeping and waking."