Thursday, May 21, 2009

Bugsy (1991) (2nd time)

The story of how Bugsy Siegel started Las Vegas. [imdb]

Nominated for 10 Oscars:

Best Picture
Best Director: Barry Levinson
Best Actor: Warren Beatty
Best Supporting Actor: Harvey Keitel
Best Supporting Actor: Ben Kingsley
Best Original Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Original Score
Best Art Direction (WINNER)
Best Costume Design (WINNER)

So not as good as I remembered it to be; fortunately enough, it was The Silence of the Lambs who won the Oscar for Best Picture. Bugsy is a fine drama, well done technicaly. The screenplay is ok, the direction is good, but I somehow... I don't like it. There's nothing attracting me to it, making me LOVE it, or at least an aspect of it.
If you'd ask me, Warren Beatty's performance is overrated. He's ok, maybe good, but that's it! My problem with him is his lack of generating true emotion and I can see moments in his performance when he did look lost, and it wasn't the character. Also, Annette Bening's performance is mediocre at best; I really can't see how she got a Globe nomination for it. The supporting actors are fine and the nominations (judging by a weak category) seem relevant.
I'm not sure if the wins for Art Direction and Costumes are fair. I seem to say only bad things about it: but as I've said, it's an ok movie that lacks that certain charm that would make you fall for it. It's not a biopic, and it's not a big budget drama. It's the story of a flawed man and his dream.
My rating for the film: 7/10. Hmmm. Am I being too generous?


  1. One might wonder if the film has always been mediocre or if it simply didn't age well. Either way, it's somewhat clunky. I don't like it all that much either.