Mikey and Nicky (1976)
Nicki is on the run from the mob, and he turns to old pal Mikey for help.
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Directed By: Elaine May
Written By: Elaine May
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Phenomenal. A raw force of nature, some of the most complex and captivating characters put on film. I love the low-fi style, and the laborious editing paid off as each scene stands on its own and ratchets up the tension.
I love crime movies. It's a special treat, though, to find one with a different perspective. The plot of this film could have made for a fine thriller, but instead we have a brilliant, tense drama, and to tell the way it's done is to spoil the mystery that makes the film work so well to begin with. I can say that Falk and Cassavetes are very entertaining. The cinematography is outstanding, too.
A potent and deeply sad portrayal of the ultra-masculine wise guys that we are so familiar with but with a new lens. The drama is intense and both leads are fantastic. It isn't easy to watch these two grapple with betrayal but May's depiction of toxic masculinity was way ahead of its time.
May's short lived career as a director was deeply unfortunate. While M+N is undeniably similar to Cassavetes Husbands, it's a less flabby affair with an appealing looseness that gives the performances a comparable 'in-the-moment' intensity that May handles with supreme skill. Cassavetes and Falk are superb as two life long friends whose volatile exchanges drive the push-pull dynamic of a fractured friendship that's constantly in flux, and May's dialogue crackles with insight and nerve.
Aside from its mild likeness to Peter Yates' "The Friends of Eddie Coyle", Mikey and Nicky is basically the John Cassavetes film that wasn't made by John Cassavetes. I say this with the utmost respect for Elaine May, who wrote and directed this facilitation of Cassavetes and Falk. I have to add that had the directing credit belonged to the man who influenced this film, this would have been remembered as one of his finer works, or at least well above his average.
A true live-wire of a film, unpredictably veering back and forth at the whims of its two leads' worst and most volatile impulses. Falk and Cassavetes are utter delights.
This is a sleepy gangster picture, which is a nice way of saying that you'll probably feel like falling asleep. I don't fully mean that statement, but when a joke works it works.
Interesting casting here, including Walter Matthau's wife Carol and Martin Balsam's ex-wife Joyce in key roles.
The relationship between these two is so strange and almost unidentifiable, yet it's palpable due to how strongly authentic and convincing these characters are, and that's helped by May's unorthodox directing style (influenced by Cassavetes himself). Despite the scant story, this is a very special film that can be felt from the powerful opening scene, it really shows how so much can be done with so little.
May, Falk and Cassavetes really understand these men and their relationships with each other and with women and May shot for hours and hours to get the most naturalistic performances out of these two. It feels improvised because it feels so real and lacks all the phony story beats you expect from a film like this.
|Average Percentile 69.65% from 380 Ratings|