Tuesday, October 13, 2009

El Marielito

Homeboy (1988)
directed by Michael Seresin
rating: 3 out of 5 cravats
on DVD at Syl's

In 1988, Rourke still looked good and carried himself with the sort of unpracticed self-assurance that an actor needs to be a movie star. His screenplay isn't great but it's modest. By writing low-ambition lowlifes and letting characters like Christopher Walken, Kevin Conway, and Jon Polito flesh them out, Sir Eddie Cook does right by almost anyone who thinks Rourke's general public reception continues - and will always continue - to underestimate his abilities. He has some sense of who he wants to be, and he chooses the roles (or writes them) to work it out on camera. It's too easy to make the title a punchline, but McGuirk was right to recommend it, and I can happily do the same.