Thursday, May 25, 2006


To Catch A Thief. Not a great movie, but has anyone ever looked better in a tuxedo than Cary Grant? (No fair answering "Stephen Colbert last month"!) If this had been directed by Alan Smithee, it would be regarded as pretty good. But, as a Hitchcock film, it's only OK. Of course, it looks great, thanks to Cary Grant (and his tuxedo), Grace Kelly, the French Riviera and glorious Technicolor, but as a mystery or suspense story, it's on the level of "Who left the cap off the toothpaste?" There were some good lines of dialogue and some picture postcard settings. For the inevitable remake, I'm thinking Matt Damon as the Cat,* Scarlett Johansson in the Grace Kelly role, Natalie Portman as Danielle, and of course John Cleese as the stuffy Lloyd's of London agent who proves his worth in the end.

*I know, I know, but I got nothing. What'd you want me to say, Ben Affleck? George Clooney? They just don't make 'em like Cary Grant anymore.**

**Update: Oh, OK, Johnny Depp.*** He already lives in France, too.

***Update: Or Jude Law.

1 comment:

Mark Stephenson said...

Actually, Mike, I would think that someone like Hugh Grant could best offer the whole package, consisting of sophisticated charm, sharp sense of humor, and a bit of mystery. Since the previous 'Grant' was a bit more mature than Kelly, in the original film(although it doesn't lessen their 'romance' one bit), I think that your pick of Johansson is near perfect. However, again, when it comes to sophistication, actresses like Rosamund Pike, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Imogen Stubbs come to mind(actually, now that I think about it, they're all blondes, as well).