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.