Saturday, January 25, 2014

01/25: As Good As It Gets

I remember when this movie came out back in the day and it eventually won Oscars. I even recall after the ceremony they brought back several past winners-from Shirley Temple to Kathy Bates and had them sit on stage. Jack Nicholson was definitely one of them as he is no stranger to the Academy Awards. I'll never forget when they introduced him...he held up his Oscar (that he won earlier that night) and lit up a huge smile and laugh. And he had every reason to.

Whenever something does happen to him sooner or later, Jack Nicholson will be remembered for future generations unmatched as probably the greatest leading male actor of the last part of the 20th century. He can tackle any role, most of them seemingly with his charm. To some, he would come off as the creepy old man you meet at a bar or some place. And only him can get away with that.

In As Good As It Gets, he plays the stereotype of the cranky old-man whose world is turning too fast for him and he can't get his way soon enough. Archie Bunker, sound familiar? He always reminded me when I worked at a restaurant there was a male senior citizen who would continuously send back his food and would have to have the same waitress waiting on him. Jack's character Melvin (who is a successful author) brings his own silverware to the restaurant. It's the waitress Carol that has to put up with him. He of course goes too far in rubbing her the wrong way throughout the movie. And then there's the homosexual men next door, which are part of the plot. Yeah, I guess you can say he was a modern-day Archie Bunker in the film.

The dialogue is very much the attraction in this movie, as well as the acting of Nicholson, Hunt and Greg Kinnear. If you are into developing love stories (not to give it away or anything) or if you just think Helen Hunt is hot and Jack Nicholson is the man, then give it a watch. It will make you want to be a better man.

My rating: 6 out of 10

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