Movie Review: Matchstick Men (2003)
I'm not sure there's a more inconsistent actor out there than Nic Cage. He stars in movies like The Wicker Man, but he's also in movies like this.
I’m not sure there’s a more inconsistent actor out there than Nic Cage. He stars in movies like The Wicker Man, but he’s also in movies like this.
Matchstick Men is about two con artists (Nic Cage and Sam Rockwell) who are basically just going throughout their normal lives conning people until Nic Cage finds out that he has a teenage daughter (Alison Lohman), which really throws a wrench into a lot of their plans. All three characters are really likable, which is good; this movie concentrates more on the characters and the relationship they have with each other than the cons they pull.
The first hour and a half or so was really entertaining (thanks in large part to Sam Rockwell, the most under-appreciated actor ever), but throughout the whole thing I was kinda thinking “okay, so…does this movie really have a point?”…then, the last half hour came. The last half hour definitely felt like a “hate it or love it” type of thing, but I thought it was amazing. This definitely had one of the best twist endings I’ve ever seen.
This kinda reminded me of Catch Me If You Can in that I have no idea what you can classify this as. It isn’t really a thriller, it’s not really a comedy, and it’s not really a drama (though it contains elements from all three). It also reminded me of In Bruges; this is a movie that starts out really lighthearted and fun, but throughout the film there are some really serious moments.
So, yeah. I’m not really sure what else to say about Matchstick Men…it’s a really entertaining two hours that flew by for me; this is definitely something I have to own on DVD.
Score = 9.5/10