Ridley Scott Month: (Pt. 9) -- MATCHSTICK MEN
After the box office smash trifecta of GLADIATOR, HANNIBAL, and BLACK HAWK DOWN, Scott was looking to not only make a film on a smaller and more intimate scale, but also take a stab at the comedy genre. Along comes Ted & Nicholas Griffin's adaptation of Eric Garcia's book about Roy (the one-and-only Nichols Cage) an agoraphobic con artist who takes Obsessive Compulsive Disorder to a masterclass level. His psychological conditions have put a stunted growth in his life, keeping him and his extroverted, misanthropic protégé Frank (Sam Rockwell) from breaking free of having to rip off undeserving suckers from being flimflammed out of hard earnings.
A fated series of events brings to Roy's discovery that he has a 14-yr-old daughter (the incredible Alison Lohman) born from a past doomed relationship. As Roy gets to know her, his phobic tics and introverted persona begin to dissipate and provides him with the courage to take on a long con with a huge payoff.
I have been and always will be a loyal fan of #NicolasCage, his flamboyant expressions and oft-kilter delivery make him a tailor-made casting choice as Roy. Whenever people shit on Cage, I urge then to watch #MatchstickMen, The ones who do come back to me understanding what he's really capable of as an actor. Among Cage's most quotable performances, this one is definitely in the top 3.
Rockwell's shifty maverick style is utilized to its fullest here as well. And the beautiful, sprightly #AlisonLohman is just sublime as the lovable delinquent daughter that becomes fascinated with Roy's grifter lifestyle. It's a damn shame Lohman all but vanished from the film scene just as her career was about to go into the stratosphere.
Admittedly, the movie has a handful of unintentionally awkward moments, but the overall experience is one that I have enjoyed revisiting on many occasions.
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