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MATCHSTICK MEN (WIDESCREEN EDITION MOVIE
Top Customer Reviews
'Matchstick Men' is hilarious film with an unpredictable twist. Definately one to treasure
Cage is Roy, teamed with partner Frank (Sam Rockwell); both are con artists, or "Matchstick Men". As the film opens, we watch as the two cash in on a scam that enables them to plunder the bank account of an elderly couple.
Roy is also an obsessive-compulsive with phobias for dirt and the outdoors. Without his medication, Roy gets twitchy. One day, he accidentally knocks his pill supply down the kitchen sink. Bad timing, since his psychiatrist drug supplier is out of town. On Frank's advice, Roy visits a new shrink, Dr. Klein (Bruce Altman), to whom he admits a previous marriage abandoned some fourteen years previous when his wife was pregnant. Through Klein's intercession, Roy is put in touch with his teenage daughter, Angela (Alison Lohman), who's always been curious about Old Dad. Indeed, against her Mom's wishes, she appears on Roy's doorstep to spend a long weekend. Roy is alternatively smitten with paternal affection and acute anxiety over the dirt Angela tracks onto his carpet. Klein believes the girl's presence is good therapy.
MATCHSTICK MEN is about scammers and cons, so, by the time the credits roll, you shouldn't be too surprised at the general storyline, which is one oft seen before. What elevates the film is the intensity of Cage's extraordinary performance as the mentally tortured lead. We've watched Nicolas do this previously in LEAVING LAS VEGAS and BRINGING OUT THE DEAD. Cage is apparently not one for whom a role is simply a facade easily sluiced away at the end of the day's shoot.Read more ›
As ever with Scott's works, the often mundane camera fodder is imbued with a stylish ingredient that makes everything look just right and beyond this, the soundtrack is perfectly in tune with the spirit of the film, adding an easy-listening feel, to the easy-viewing quality that the movie has in abundance. In truth, this film is so well constructed that there's no effort involved in absorbing it, there are no rough edges or dubious devices employed to further the plot, it's eminently digestible and ultimately agreeable and without giving anything away, it has hidden depths which only add to the flavour. All in all, a wonderful, freewheeling and relaxed movie that will appeal to almost everyone, recommended very highly indeed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All ingredients of a good movie are here and with great results.
Good story and script, actors at their best, Ridley scott directing and Robert Zemeckis as Exec. Read more
A charming comedy film by Scott that provides comedci moments by Cage and Rockwell, however the father an daughter is a bit meh which the ending is nothing special.Published 14 months ago by josh91
Fantastic film - Nicholas Cage is excellent in this movie - great story linePublished 15 months ago by Katie Pybus