Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

City Island (2009)

Directed by Raymond De Felitta

Starring Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies, Steven Strait, Emily Mortimer

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Light and fun characters and dialogue, but the dramatic arc to this story is a bit stretched. I get that it was all a big set-up for the dramatic final scene, but most of the movie leading up to that point is a little slow.

Surprisingly great performances from the ensemble cast. Garcia’s always been appealing, but he doesn’t often carry a movie. Here, he’s great in the lead role. Sure, it’s not the most dramatic role, but he’s good. Margulies and Mortimer, who I never thought much of, both shine in supporting roles. Ezra Miller is exceptionally loose and funny. Strait, a mix of Henry Cavill and Game of Thrones’ John Snow and is good but his character is a little too nice, I think. They could have amped up the scary with him. A fleeting cameo of De Niro and Scorcese would have been great. I’m sure Garcia is friends with them.

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