One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
Posted 20 August 2004 - 12:18 PM
|It can't be easy following Nicholson, especially when you are not 100 per cent fit, and it would be dishonest to pretend that Slater makes the role triumphantly his own. The spirit of mad, bad Jack seems to haunt almost every second of Slater's performance as R P McMurphy, which seems subdued in comparison, and never quite bursts into a satisfyingly individual life of its own.|
But Slater is never less than watchable. His baiting of the odious Nurse Ratched is often wonderfully funny, his rapport with his fellow inmates touching, and there is no doubt that this anti-hero's final fate tugs, albeit manipulatively, at the heart-strings ...
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Posted 20 August 2004 - 07:05 PM
I'm sorry. I find it an absolutely ridiculous comparison. Even if Slater WANTED to copy Nicholson, he couldn't. Movie acting on a stage doesn't work, and the reverse usually looks odd as well.
Posted 03 September 2004 - 02:56 AM
Stage acting does work onscreen--take a look at Nicholson's antics in Cuckoo's, The Shining, As Good as it Gets, ad infinitum--his over-the-top histrionics and gesticulations have been a benchmark that Slater capitalized on on more than one occasion.
If anyone else were being reviewed, I'd be right there with you, BDR. But it's Slater, the guy who once said he called Nicholson after Heathers to see what he thought of the flick. It doesn't surprise me in the least they're applying the litmus he estblished when Heathers first graced the theatres almost two decades ago...