Donnie Brasco (1997)

Mitchell, 11. June 2007, 2:29

Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen, Anne Heche, Paul Giamatti (directed by Mike Newell)

I keep forgetting how great Pacino’s acting chops are. I guess because he’s so over the top so much of the time. But when he’s given a chance, he is capable of great subtlety. He makes some acting decisions, especially when he’s not delivering lines, that just amaze me. Depp is pretty good, too. I have to say, though, that I only really saw this because of a small part Paul Giamatti plays. He’s an FBI technician (partnered with Tim Blake Nelson) with one really good scene, when he asks Johnny Depp’s character what “fuhgeddaboudit” means. He does a really good job in this scene.

Very good movie, but kind of depressing, in a lot of ways. 7/10

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