Stormy Monday

1988

Stormy Monday

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Stormy Monday is a four-person character study in which style is all that matters. This tautly constructed, deftly executed crime thriller is set in economically depressed Newcastle England. Sting plays Finney, a relatively honest Newcastle jazz-club owner who crosses the path of crass American gangster Cosmo (Tommy Lee Jones). Flaunting his wealth at every opportunity, Cosmo wants to involve Finney in a land development deal -- if only he'll give up his club. Both men are enamored of Kate (Melanie Griffith), who becomes a pawn in their ongoing one-upsmanship. Kate and her lover (Sean Bean) try to prevent Finney from corrupting his own sense of values by wallowing in the gutter with Cosmo. Stormy Monday, the first feature-length directorial effort of former jazz musician Mike Figgis, who also wrote the script and composed the score, tells its story using subtle shadings of character and a vivid evocation of its Newcastle setting rather than through violent action. Figgis's moody direction of his excellent screenplay is quietly effective and brimming with visual nuance and irony -- particularly in its perceptive take on love, money, jazz, and economic necessity.

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Critic Reviews for Stormy Monday

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  • All visual flash and no script, with comatose performances to boot.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • Mix American gangsters, molls and majorettes with Polish avant-garde jazz musicians against a Newcastle background - and what you've got is a curious homage to B movie Hollywood and the rain-washed neon of the pulps.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
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  • Mr. Figgis, who is a musician as well as a film maker, brings the place, the plot and the film's haunting characters vibrantly to life. What's more, he makes them irresistibly interesting.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • "Stormy Monday" is about the way light falls on wet pavement stones, and about how a neon sign glows in a darkened doorway.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Jones works his machismo persona into a lather, but it's unclear what he's doing in this movie, so he's more a source of campy fun than menace.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • It is all style and promise, a come-on that keeps on coming on but never satisfies. The Big Tease.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

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