Reviewed by Cherie Jung

THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR

Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo, Denis Leary, Faye Dunaway, and Ben Gazzara.

Directed by: John McTiernan

Screenplay by: Leslie Dixon and Kurt Wimmer

Remake of 1968, Norman Jewison directed film of same name.

The movie clips broadcast on TV for this movie made me immediately think of "Entrapment," the Sean Connery film about a high-class thief being hunted by a beautiful insurance investigator. I didn't like "Entrapment" (as you can read about in the review) but I like Sean Connery as James Bond. I don't like Pierce Brosnan as Bond. I did like him as Remington Steele, though. I am not a fan of Rene Russo, even though I've seen her in several films that I did like. I've never seen the original, with Steve McQueen, but I like Steve McQueen in other movies.

Stay with me, I'm going somewhere with all of this...

I had very low expectations for this film but I was quickly won over by the actors.

If you've seen "Entrapment," then you will recognize the storyline in "The Thomas Crown Affair" but I think you will be pleasantly surprised. The casting in "The Thomas Crown Affair" is superb. Pierce Brosnan is very classy. Looks great, both wearing and not wearing clothes. So does Rene Russo. (Although I kept wishing she'd run a brush through her hair once in a while.) Denis Leary handles the cop duties and wistful wanting of Russo's character, with just the right touch. And the actual execution of the stealing of a valuable painting from the art gallery was a joy to watch.

My only quibble is the "tiger in a pit" way the second theft was handled. We don't get to see how it was done, and from our viewpoint, it truly looks impossible.

Another review of this movie.


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