Ralph Breaks the Internet
Mission: Impossible - Fallout
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Hurt's perf gives some dramatic continuity to a production that is more a succession of setpieces than a through-drama per se -- at least until its affecting later stages.
It deserves to be seen for another of Hurt's exquisitely observed performances.
Perhaps it was only a matter of time before Hurt returned to a role which, more than any other, crystallised his instinctive understanding for society's outsiders.
As a raconteur he had his moments but you could only listen to so many cod Confucian aphorisms about life, love and death ("Beauty is in the eye of the possessor"; "Every day you live is a kind of triumph" etc) without wanting to punch someone yourself.
Hurt is so comfortable as Crisp, that he exceeds even the real Quentin Crisp in charm and clueless vulnerability. Hurt adds irony to a scene about gay cloning, because in a sense, we prefer Hurt to the original.
Oh yes, John Hurt is Quentin Crisp.
Quality roles for John Hurt must be at a severe minimum if the greatly underutilized actor needs to revisit his 1975 triumph as gay icon Quentin Crisp.
Falls somewhere between unbearable and fascinating.
This fresh look at the gay culture and its desired goals establishes profound insight into what it means to be a true-to-spirit man these days, no matter if he happens to wear a little lipstick and maybe a scarf or two.
What's so eerie (and you can see this is Resident Alien when they chat with each other) is that by this film, John Hurt has gotten better at playing Quentin Crisp that Quentin Crisp, as Crisp himself predicted at the very beginning of The Naked Civil Servant film. This entry does feel more like a made--for-tv-movie whereas I didn't know the first film was anything other than a typical low budget, British-shot, limited release film until they told me so in THIS flick! This one is less literary and more borrowed speeches and autobiographical tidbits, which is okay if you like simmering in exaggerated Crispness.
Even though much trauma still happens, this is still the "warm and fuzzy" entry, whereas the first one was very cold and hard.
And sadly did not qualify for the "Hot Gay Sex' list.
Not nearly as interesting as the Naked Civil Servant but John Hurt's performance is even better and it is a must see for him.
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