Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Forgotten Movies: Nobody's Fool


Russo's new novel, EVERYBODY"S FOOL based on Sully from NOBODY'S FOOL debuted last week and made me want to go back and watch the Newman film of the book again. A quiet performance in a decent film, the kind rarely made then or now. It didn't know my socks off but it never once made me cringe.

Bruce Willis couldn't act then and can't act now IMHO. Melanie Griffith is not much better.
I suppose there are more mediocre actors out there but  few who have had such a long career. IN COUNTRY was the one film he made that I respect but maybe because of the source material being so relevant to my generation. And I guess I'll give DIE HARD some props. This film was made in various New York state towns and that really helps give it an authenticity not completely earned by a few of the actors, the script and sluggish direction. Horton Foote did this thing better but it's far from a waste of time.

9 comments:

seana graham said...

I am seeing Russo's name everywhere with the release of the new book. I never read the first but I did see the movie, and enjoyed it very much at the time. I think one thing it did do very well was create it's own very memorable world.

Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) said...

I really loved this film when it came out and I've never seen it again (for some reason it was a bit hard to find on DVD I think) - thanks Patti :)

Margot Kinberg said...

Hmm...this is one film I hadn't heard of, Patti. I know what you mean, though, about quiet films that are still solid, watchable, decent views.

George said...

I read NOBODY'S FOOL when it was first published. But I have zero interest in this sequel that's just come out. Sometimes, you can't go home again.

Dana King said...

What makes the movie work is how it captures the essence of the town, which is what makes the book so good. That and Paul Newman, of course.

Charles Gramlich said...

I haven't seen Nobody's fool, but Newman certainly was a fine actor

Mathew Paust said...

Really enjoyed Nobody's Fool. Didn't realize it was based on a book. Might have to check that out.

Vienna said...

Very much enjoyed the film. Paul Newman and Jessica Tandy so good.

Yvette said...

I never saw the film, Patti, primarily because I loved the book and didn't want to see the characters other than how I had imagined them. I love Richard Russo's work and have read almost everything he's ever written. I'm so looking forward to this new book.

Have you read EMPIRE FALLS? So wonderful.