Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Cinema Cycle - My Cousin Vinny



CINEMA CYCLE
(Cardio Workout And Reviewing Movies At The Same Time)


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DATE VIEWED: 5/19/2015




FORMAT: LaserDisc


TIME RIDDEN / FILM LENGTH: 1 hour 59 minutes


DISTANCE RIDDEN WHILE VIEWING: 26.2 miles


TOTAL CINEMA MILES LOGGED: 1734.5 miles


SYNOPSIS: Two youths traveling across country are mistaken for murders and placed on trial, defended by one of the defendant's cousin, who is a New York personal injury attorney.


CONCEPT IN RELATION TO THE VIEWER: A case of mistaken identity, back-woods justice and courtroom chaos.  Tony Soprano goes to court.


PROS AND CONS: An entertaining romp where streetwise smarts overcome Hillbilly justice in a small southern town.


After getting about 30 minutes into this film, it becomes obvious that Mr Pesci is the center foil for all of the character actors that abound in this film.  Mr. Pesci is no slouch in this film and plays his part well.  But the film would not be nearly as interesting without the supporting cast to back him up.


While it was often questioned why Marisa Tomei won an Oscar for her role in this film, a second watching of the movie shows why.  She walks a fine line between over-the-top Italian Princess and a very smart woman that puts up with and compliments Vinny Gambino.


Which raises the question of why Fred Gwynne was not nominated for an Oscar.  His role of the presiding judge is the ultimate in the portrayal of the  authoritarian giver of law.  



To read an overview of this project, check out the initial post for this series.


This film is a part of my LaserDisc Collection.

Clicking on the title will take you to the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) entry for this film. 

This film was viewed while exercising on my recumbent cycle.  A summary of my time spent working out on my journey through movie-land can be found on Strava.com.