I avoided this movie when everyone was swooning over it, and I’m not sure why.* I was set to find this dull or not-well-aged or something, but the movie won me over with it’s story and not just because Daniel Day-Lewis is kind of a hunka-hunka-burnin’-love.** I liked that it was a Michael Mann film which means manly men doing manly things, but Hawkeye was all gooney over the girl, which is a rare sight in a manly men film.***
Cost: Free from library
Where watched: at home. (Toes are now confetti pink.)
*As a teenager, this happened a fair amount with movies. If too many people liked something, I just never saw it. This is why I cannot count either Turner and Hooch and Top Gun in my movies-watched-pantheon.
**I feel like I mostly see Mr. Day-Lewis in roles where he’s all grizzly or icky for some reason. Not all tall and tanned and well turned out as in this film.
***However, we must discuss an interesting phenomenon. I’m calling it Decade Hair Creep, but it needs a better name. In DHC, some or all of the main characters’ hair take on the qualities of the current day, despite relative historical accuracy of the rest of the film. In this case, I’m thinking of how quickly the two female leads lost their coifs and walked around for the rest of the movie with perfect early-90s tousled locks. At one point, one of them has even fashioned a very 1990’s braid, on the side front. She had time to do that braiding, but didn’t feel compelled to pull her hair back completely? Hmmm. See also: all the orphans in the 1982 version of Annie. Also, the mother in A Christmas Story.