The Color of Money Reviews
Then everything fell apart. The Color of Money takes a shift in story so dramatic for the third act that I almost felt like someone else wrote it. The setup that had been building for more than an hour was abandoned and suddenly I was watching a movie about the old guy trying to prove he hasn?t lost his step. It was frustrating, to the point where I checked out emotionally from the climax. I struggled to care about Newman?s character because he appeared so selfish for what he decided to do. Cruise was set up as a cocky kid in the beginning, then got knocked down a peg, but by the end instead of completing that arc he reverted to what he was at the start. And then the movie just ends abruptly. I guess the result is that I kind of liked The Color of Money, because at least two-thirds of it were amazing. But the irony is I feel hustled by this movie, because it sold me on one thing and then disappointed by becoming something I didn?t want at all.
He asks Vincent and his girlfriend Carmen (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio) to go on the road with him and hustle people all across while training for a nine-ball tournament that is coming up in 6 months. Fast Eddie tries to teach Vincent all the tricks to hustling including of taking a dive, or adding drama to raise the stakes. The two are constantly at odds at first and are constantly fighting. Vincent does not get the concept at first and simply keeps winning and beating the best which scares the rest of the competition. Eventually they get in sync and start making some serious money. Soon Fast Eddie gets inspired starts thinking he can do this on the road himself, and hustle again. The movie of course writes itself in a predictable fashion as its clear the two will play each other in the tournament.
Color of Money is a solid movie that has a relative ceiling to it. The hustler is considered probably to be the best pool movie made, and this film is like a follow up to it. The movie features good talent and of course a great director in Scorsese. Cruise is a young hot shot, and Newman as the seasoned pro, and the two combine for good chemistry. The sexy Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio steals every scene that she is in. The Color of Money follows a pretty predictable script and does not throw too many curves. The Color of Money is by no means a must see unless you are fans of the stars, director, or of course pool.
The Color of Money is aimless, dull and probably deserved to be left as a book as the story has little value on screen, even if portrayed by top notch actors.