Matchstick Men [2003] Movie Review Recommendation

Matchstick Men [2003]

Directed by Ridley Scott this movie is an entertaining hour and half of great cinematography. He did not get tangled up in classical mistakes that directors make in these types of movies, cleverly steering it from one theme to another (con, heist, problematic teen, phobias) and balancing the story to make it more interesting and appealing. Of course this was easy to do since the book was phenomenal, and Ridley just captured its spirit. Dancing between three genres: Comedy, drama and thriller, they have created a movie that you do not need to define, just watch. Matchstick Men is above all an intelligent movie, with all of the crew fully aware of the enormous potential of the script. Everyone did their best and the result is an already cult movie.

Nicolas Cage is a small time con artist dealing with his phobias. He and his partner in business matchstick menare trying to sell “water filtration systems” using Glengarry Glen Ross techniques, but Cage has something bigger planned. Those plans will all come in question when his fourteen-year-old daughter arrives. Dealing with his phobias and this problematic teenager Nicolas Cage was brilliant in his role, and with help from Sam Rockwell, this duet really won me over. Great story, excellent directing and acting in combination with high production values produced this great movie with likable characters. Another thing about Matchstick Men is that it appeals to all the age groups and these ones are rare, so enjoy…

Director: Ridley Scott

Cast: Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Alison Lohman, Bruce Altman, Bruce McGill

Fun Facts: Alison Lohman went to the audition dressed and acted like a 14-year-old girl. Ridley Scott only realized her real age when she told him. She was 22 at the time.


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