“That new Al Pacino movie looks incredible!”, is something that I haven’t said in probably more than a decade. And I’m still not sure that I’ll be saying about the veteran actor’s latest effort, Manglehorn – which, despite how the title sounds, is in fact not about a man who suffers a terrible industrial accident involving his genitals.
At first glance, the film appears to be your typical character driven indie drama, but according to the buzz out of TIFF where it debuted last year, and even more specifically, the quote on the poster above, Pacino finally stops phoning in his performance, as he has been doing for years, and instead gives us some vintage Pacino (just less shouty, of course).
That thespic resurgence may have something to do with director David Gordon Green who even managed to coax a great performance out of Nicholas Cage – and we all know how difficult that can be – in the effective drama Joe.
Check out the trailer for Manglehorn below, and see if this makes up for Pacino starring in that godawful Adam Sandler “comedy” from a few years ago.
Reclusive small town locksmith Angelo Manglehorn has never quite recovered from losing the love of his life, Clara. Fixated on her memory, he feels closer to his beloved cat than the people around him and prefers to find comfort in his work and daily routine. Still, he forges on with his tenuous human connections, maintaining intermittent contact with his son, taking misplaced pride in a former protégé gone astray, and establishing a cautious friendship with a kindhearted woman from the local bank. As this solitary man approaches the possibility of new love, he finds himself at a crossroads between remaining consumed by the past and embracing the present. Manglehorn is a movingly humanistic portrait of a man rendered with unsentimental simplicity and idiosyncratic humor.
Manglehorn also stars Holly Hunter and Chris Messina. It opens in limited theatres and on VOD on June 19, 2015.
Last Updated: May 21, 2015