June 20, 2007

Brief Impressions: Stormy Monday (Figgis, 1988)

Figgis's jazzy riff on the crime film is wonderful to behold. Roger Deakins captures the rain-soaked, neon tinged Newcastle milieu beautifully, with his work here reminiscent of the French Cinéma du look movement of the 80's (Diva, Subway). Yet, Figgis's minimalist neo-noir lacks narrative substance and ends up relying too heavily on mood to sustain itself. The most fascinating element of the film, the ambitious and commendable effort made by Figgis to convey much of the narrative in purely visual terms, is also responsible for the film's disjointedness and for the distinct aftertaste of superficiality. IMDb listing.

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