Larry Gigli and Ricki are two thugs for
hire (Affleck and Lopez) who are put in charge of the kidnapping of the
mentally challenged brother (Brian, play by Justin Bartha) of a federal agent.
After Gigli starts falling for Ricki (who is unfortunately for him a lesbian)
and starts caring for Brian he changes from a lowly heartless thug into
something close to a human being, something which could be trouble, especially
considering his line of work.
This is the much talked about, and always
bagged movie that was to make millions simply because of that fact that at the
time Ben and Jennifer were dating. It was thought to be a sure hit, which is
obviously why not much thought went into it, and unfortunately it didn't pay
With Martin Brest as writer, producer and
director, there was bound to be problems, if only because of the fact that
with one man in charge of everything it's bound to be biased to his desires.
From what I can tell, that is also were the whole problem stems from in Gigli.
The acting in the movie ain't that bad, and with Christopher Walken and Al
Pacino as supporting cast, you wouldn't expect bad performances. The
characters are just a bit too fake to be real, and as we've seen from all the
cast in other movies, they are capable of better.
The story isn't the problem with the movie,
it's the script, and the directing, both are woeful, and I have a feeling
Martin Brest won't be doing much in the next few years. It's a real shame,
because after watching this you can see how much better it could easily have
been. The first 30 odd minutes are especially terrible (so much so that you
could probably skip them entirely and enjoy the movie more). As for whether
you should bother watching it or not, well if you are after a movie you can
put on and watch without having to think about anything, well it's not bad for
that, just don't go into it expecting too much.
For a movie made just one year ago the
picture isn't as good as you'd expect. There is some serious edge enhancement
at points which just shouldn't be necessary for something so recent. Other
than that everything looks, well, new. The colour reproduction is more than
adequate, but the shadows do seem to lack some depth and definition.
Again, for a movie this recent it's about
what you can normally expect. 5.1 Dolby Digital, with most of the sound
however coming from the centre channel (as the movie's generally dialog).
Everything's fairly clear though, if a little on the quiet side.
All you get is some trailers to watch, and
there's nothing special about them either. Although you may well want to have
a look at what else you could have been watching instead.
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