Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Blow (2001)

Directed by Ted Demme

Starring Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Franka Potente, Rachel Griffiths

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A good companion piece to Traffic and a touching portrait of an interesting character. The wonderful combination of tension, drama, comedy keeps you engaged, wondering what will come next, fantastic editing keeps the story moving quickly.

Casting and performances are great all around, characters are all unique and interesting and believable. Depp’s most personable role. He’s not covered in makeup or prosthetics for a change (though he does end the film with a prosthetic belly). Griffiths and Mollà both especially good. Griffiths’ role was a bit small, but I would have loved to see Mollà up for a supporting actor Oscar.

Great mix of film stocks, quality, and style to make it seem like scenes were shot in the periods they are set. Hair, make-up, and especially clothing are all authentic.

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