The Merry Gentleman

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Michael Keaton's directorial debut, The Merry Gentleman, is a slow character study aided greatly by the performances of Keaton and Kelly MacDonald.

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On the run from an abusive husband, Kate Frazier (Kelly Macdonald) settles in Chicago in search of a better life. She meets Frank Logan (Michael Keaton), a man who is tormented by a dark secret. The two are kindred spirits, and a tentative friendship forms. But, as events unfold, Frank is forced to confront his past, while Kate struggles to find the strength she needs to stand on her own.

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  • Oct 22, 2011
    Frank Logan: You find presents under a tree. I found a girl.  Kate Frazier: You must have been a very good boy.  "A man with a secret. A woman with a past." Despite its flaws, I really liked The Merry Gentleman because of its uniqueness and because it was one of the oddest emotional movies I have seen in awhile. It was oddly emotional because the characters don't show too much emotion, but Michael Keaton's direction dictates the emotional feeling of the film. Everything about the movie had a feeling of dreariness.there really was no cheerfulness to be had and I think that's what made the relationship between Kate and Frank all the more emotional. The movie revolves around two people. A sweet young woman Kate, and a killer, Frank. Kate sees Frank on top of a roof after killing someone but doesn't see his face. She is questioned by police about the incident, but she can't really give the anything because he was to far away. Then the two actually meet and begin to become friends. There's no real plot to begin with, but the movie does do some great things with the characters. I love the way Keaton played with the viewer about Kate's past and her black eye. She would always give a different answer, but everyone really knows what it is. I liked Keaton as an actor and as a director with this film, but what really sold me on it was Kelly MacDonald. I loved her performance. She was so subtle with all the large emotions that were going on in her characters life and made the movie all the more effective. The relationship between her character and Keaton's was oddly believable. Now that I really think about the movie, everything was odd. It isn't like a normal crime drama, because it isn't really about the crime. It is easy to see why this movie is hard to like. It is slow, it is bleak the actors show no emotions, and the ending doesn't really feel like an ending. But Keaton didn't set out to make a movie that would be easy to like. He did a great job with a movie that is character driven, with two less than exciting characters. I don't know how he did it, but he did.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2011
    Reminiscent of the superior Last Lullaby, Merry Gentleman is beautifully shot, with Keaton giving a very nuanced performance. Its' biggest drawback, however, is a significant one; the pace is best described as glacially slow.
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2010
    Slow but decent, with a surprisingly satisfying non-resolution.
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Sep 23, 2010
    Micheal Keaton's The Merry Gentleman, was a movie for Lifetime Television. Kelly McDonald's role was a silly one, and her character did not do any good to get the audience to like her. Michael Keaton played a professional hit-man, though we never knew for who, or why,or even anything about his targets. All we know was that he appeared to be sad about what he was doing. There was never enough of anyone's life to really dig into and the look and tone of the movie was just messy.The result was, it turned into a mixture of different styles that belong in different movies.It looked like the movie did not know what it wanted to be, a drama, sometimes a comedy,or a thriller?
    Daisy M Super Reviewer

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