Mr. Nice Reviews
Howard Marks's story, manner and humour. He's quite a cool character in my book and I thought Rhys Ifans did him justice. I enjoyed the film although I'm a little frustrated with myself that I didn't read the book first. I did get the impression that a lot was skipped over though, years passed without mention etc but getting a film adaptation of someones life is always a struggle, for what its worth I though the film was entertaining and enjoyable with a great cast.
First the plus points.
Rhys Ifans is outstanding as Marks and its a role he was born to play he captures every nuance of the man and despite the fact he was a reall hardcore drug smuggler you cant help but like him .
David Thewlis is good fun too as a slightly demented IRA terrorist who steals every scene that he is in with his acts of pure oddnesss.
Director Bernard Rose throws in some good scenes including a memorable phone call from an Irish pub and the production of hash in its purest from.
Now the minus .
Why is Chole Sevigny playing Marks Wife!!!!!!
Her Accent is terrible and despite her performance it ruins the narrative drive of the film .
Also the film does tend to sag in places,mainly towards the end .
Its as if Rose the writer has left Rose the director with nothing left to shoot and the result is uneven to say the least with Marks time in a US prision being glossed over rather too quickly.
The film then stands and falls on its lead and luckily Ifans is more than up to the task.
A solid film then ,but one that could have been a little better with some fine tuning
Quand Howard marks quitte son petit village natal pour aller étudier à l'université d'Oxford, il y découvre les plaisirs de la marijuana. Il deviendra passeur pour rendre service. Tout cela va l'amener à développer un trafic entre Londres et le Pakistan, et à devenir le plus grand dealer d'Europe. Comme il reste non violent et toujours classe, il se fera surnommer Mr Nice.
Voici une petite leçon d'histoire sur le trafic de drogue douce dans les années 60-70. Ce Mr Nice a réellement existé (et existe toujours d'ailleurs), et le film s'inspire partiellement de son autobiographie, le livre étant trop dense pour tout relater à l'écran. Rhys Ifans et Chloe Sevigny incarne le couple Marks dans leur vie ballotée entre déplacements pour arranger le réseau et occupations avec leurs enfants adorés. Le film ne prend pas le parti de juger le personnage, mais décrit son histoire et laisse suggérer qu'un tel trafic ne pourrait avoir lieu avec une telle ampleur sans les lois anti-marijuana mises en place sans réelle analyse et réflexion de la part des gouvernements. Intéressant, mais les 2 heures peuvent sembler longues à certains moments.
Great performance by Rhys Ifans in the lead role. David Thewlis steals the show, however, with his over-the-top performance. Not sure why it was felt necessary to cast Chloe Sevigny in the role of Howard Marks' wife, especially as the character is English. Crispin Glover is also a bit of a waste in his role.
"Most Wanted. Most Wasted."
Mr. Nice is a movie I thoroughly enjoyed, and more than anything, it really made me want to read Howard Marks' book. There's a few annoyances throughout and from what I've read, it isn't nearly as good as the book. On a subjective level though, I really loved it. This is material that is worth showing. It's fun to watch, it's insightful(probably not as much as the book I would imagine), but more than anything I loved Rhys Ifans and Chloe Savigny.
Mr. Nice is the life story of Howard Marks. Marks learned about marijuana from a guy while attending and graduating from Oxford. After graduating, he takes a teaching position that isn't getting him much money. So when that guy who introduced him to the magical plant gets busted, he turns the business over to Marks. Marks takes over and the business flourishes. The title, Mr. Nice, is based on one of Marks' aliases and I would be led to believe it is why there's a popular and powerful strain of marijuana called just that, Mr. Nice.
A lot of the criticism for the film seems to be from those who have read the book and I can't really deny that the film is a bad adaption because I haven't read the book. I will now, but as of seeing the movie, I haven't. So luckily I watched this before because based on those opinions, I wouldn't have cared for it nearly as much.
If you're at all interested in drug smuggling or maybe just the man himself, give this film a look. I loved the style, loved the dialogue, loved the cast, and loved the source material. Howard Marks was an extraordinary man and his life makes for an extraordinary story.