If they gave awards to actors who make the most of a few screen minutes in a feature film, the late Pete Postlethwaite would be an easy candidate – for, at the very least, the florist scene in crime thriller Ben Affleck. from 2010. The city.
This Boston feature film, with a cast that also includes Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, and Blake Lively, is one of the most-viewed movies in the US on Netflix right now. This is according to the streamer’s list of the streamer’s 10 best current movies, which currently counts The city at # 5. Whatever the reason people are stuffing themselves enough right now, Postlethwaite’s too brief inclusion in the movie is one of the most memorable things about it, for me. And you can check out his amazing scene in the clip below (it won’t spoil the movie, by the way, if you haven’t seen it yet).
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In the film, Postlethwaite plays Fergus “Fergie” Colm – a local Mafia boss with the most sinister Irish accent you’ve ever heard in your life. The scene I’m talking about shows Postlethwaite squeezing every drop of mischief he can from his lines, which he delivers while casually cutting roses in his flower shop which also serves as a front for his various criminal misdeeds. .
Affleck plays bank robber Doug MacRay, who walks by the store to tell Colm he no longer works for him. He went out.
The big meaty head by the door keeps its arms folded, gazing suspiciously at MacRay of Affleck. Not only does Colm refuse to take “no” for an answer. He mocks MacRay back, “You’re gonna do this for me, or I’m gonna chop your nuts, like I chopped your daddy’s.”
He goes on to unleash a torrent of abuse and spite against MacRay, in a devastating monologue that manages to insult both of MacRay’s deceased parents. While also making it clear that MacRay has obligations that he cannot shirk, and oh yeah, I also know where your girlfriend lives. It’s a killing scene.
Opinion and reaction
This scene is all the more impressive, at least for me, because as I understand it Postlethwaite was pretty ill at the time. And that was the last movie he was in before he died. Higher level work, until the end.
The rest of the movie is also great. The robberies are captivating to watch, the shootings are messy and chaotic, and I found my attention never wandered pretty much throughout the whole affair. I love heist movies almost as much as anything spy-related. It’s a format that dictates very specific parameters, forcing you to get creative as an artist and bring your writing and cinema to A-game so you don’t produce something mundane.
At Rotten Tomatoes, The city Currently has a pretty impressive critics score of 92%. It’s based on 235 reviews, like this one from a UK newspaper reviewer The spectator: “So it’s not fresh, exactly, but it’s tense and exciting and well done and you end up worrying about people you’ve been manipulated into caring.” I ask you: what more could you ask for from a trip to the movies?
As for the public, meanwhile, The city has an 85 percent audience score for Rotten Tomatoes. While this is slightly below the review score, it’s arguably more impressive, as it’s derived from over 100,000 user reviews.