The Painter and the Thief
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This biography of sorts about Miguel Piñero, a conspicuous figure of the Nuyorican movement, is tiresomely superfluous and distracting with its onslaught of jazzy soundtrack and camera work.
A great biopic film that realistically and emotionally shows a lesser-known but important life in Latino culture who is brilliantly played by Benjamin Bratt. It effectively shows the sensitivity and talent of the man in a film with no Hollywood sugar-coating.
If you don't know anything about this artist (like myself), you won't get much out of this biopic.
Great poetry of a miserable, so close to be fabulous life: "Cause even if I am half-and-half, any of the halves is more whole than all of you"
**1/2 (out of four)
Pinero was a poet who lived in New York. The troubled man's life was splattered with excessive drug and
Benjamin Bratt stars as Pinero and he does a good job at showing the poet's torment and disinegration. But his performance is the highlight. The film never finds a cohereant narrative, losing its focus.
The grittiness and realistic look to the film just doesn't work. I can see what they were going for but the movie is quite simply a boring mess. It's disjointed and lacks a cohesive structure. Considering the fact the movie is a biography of a real person, it's amazing the filmmakers were so far off from capturing the character they apparently found interesting. Miguel Pinero isn't interesting or appealing here. You just don;t care.
The biopic's cinematic technique is supposed to be vibrant and alive and reflect Pinero's variegated lifestyle. Emphasis on the "supposed to be".
Great! One of my favorites!
Interesting look at an artist I'd never even heard of.
One of my favorite movies. It literally broke me.