RARA-AVIS: Re: Electric Mist

From: logan keith (keith) (keith@globetrotter.net)
Date: 22 Feb 2009

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    Kevin Burton Smith wrote:

    > I had high hopes for IN THE ELECTRIC MIST with Tommy Lee Jones as Dave
    > Robicheaux, which is about as perfect as casting gets.

    Didn't we all have such high hopes, especially since Tavernier did such a great job adapting Jim Thompson to screen. But here he makes the same mistakes that many do when trying to transfer a long written work to roughly 100 minutes of screen time. The narrative doesn't fit well together, things are rushed and make no sense, or are glossed over so quickly that they have no impact. Sadly, Tommy Lee Jones didn't live up to expectations either, playing Dave as very one-note, stiff, impatient, always scowling and on the verge of beating someone up. The film just missed its mark completely.

    Of course, that's just one man's opinion... I hope Rara Avians will watch anyway and offer their views.

    Keith Logan

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