Key 80s film,
This review is from: After Hours [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Every now and then, one of the brain-dead masses really would leave their revolting 80s lives above the earth (we lurked beneath) to walk among us.
Like the glorious nether-world characters here, our interests were occasionally and briefly piqued by the astonishing vapidity of every ounce of such an intruder's being but I have to say we would never have spoiled them to the degree illustrated in this story.
During a moment-of-pause, Griffin Dunne's lead character dances to Peggy Lee's "Is That All There Is?" and the intent I'm sure was to provide character and audience with some relief from all the devilish mischief befalling him. The scene works on that level but also, for one moment, his face shows a glimmer of recognition of the awfulness of the real-world reality he's so desperately attempting to return to.
Would we unclean 80s refuseniks have allowed such a character to have made it so far? Oh, okay, we'd have been much nicer really... though he would have been stripped, forced to burn his excremental shoulder-padded cloth and delivered naked back to Manhatten by the second reel. One never left the 80s by persuasion.
As he's prone to, when not glorifying the tedious dementias of Italian-American gangsters and boxers, Scorsese shines.