By Paul Anthony
In Hollywood we know if the movie makes money then there will be a sequel of some sort regardless if it is a true sequel, prequel or even a reboot. Once the film makes money regardless if the story ends we know there will be a sequel. Analyze This was big hit comedy starring Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal and Lisa Kudrow, who most likely reached her peak of popularity because of her show Friends. Not to mention the film was directed by the Late Harold Ramis. the Movie became a hit and grossed nearly 180 million off of a budget that could have been around 50 million give or take. The story of the film seemed to pretty much end it right there. However 3 years later we got a sequel titled Analyze That. The entire cast did return for this film so you would think magic can happen again. Sadly at least according the numbers it did not. The budget was 60 million and the film only grossed 55 million which closed the door on part. Was the movie really that bad though?
Well the plot goes like this, Paul Vitti catches wind that someone wants him dead, despite the fact that he had retired. Knowing that he is no longer safe he decides to pretend go crazy to get out of prison. Making people believe that he has gone crazy because of prison they decide to release him to Sobel, who did diagnose him but no surprise to Sobel soon as they leave prison, Vitti snaps on him with not getting him out sooner. He tells Sobel someone is trying to kill him and he will find out soon. Problem is Sobel is in charge of him and must get him to go 100 percent clean or else Sobel will be charged. Right off the bat things get rocky when Vitti brings his girlfriend over and they have sex but only to argue in the morning when Sobel has guest. Vitti goes through job after job when he uses his gangster approach. However does find a job as an advisor on a mob show. The family that he retired from doesn’t fully believe he is retired and fears that he might want the family back. Old habits die hard because Vitti is planning an heist, it is revealed that another family does want him dead and even his new family boss wants him to be watched like a hawk. Vitti plans go through and they get the gold and even trap some of the other family’s goons for the police to catch. Vitti and Sobel meet up in the morning and decide to part ways as friends and go their own ways.
With the cast returning you would think the comedy would be there, but this time around I caught myself just being annoyed at the jokes and not laughing. When a story ends it is hard to make up a new one, sometimes a new story doesn’t make sense, this was the case with this film. One and done could have been better. I’m not saying this was a horrible film but it wasn’t a good film. In the end, it felt like an average film. Because of that I am giving it a C for a grade.
By Paul Anthony
Okay now I love Mafia movies I really do and I love Mafia movies made from Martin Scorsese. I love Goodfellas and Casino and even The Departed. When I heard about this film I was excited I mean who wouldn’t just look at the talent leading the way. Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino and you had the normal Italian actors playing the Mafia roles. Like many Mafia movies it tells a story at a slow pace and builds a good strong character development which is a key to the success of this type of movie but this film had one major problem and that was it just didn’t know when to end!
The Movie tells the story of Frank Sheeran or his nickname is the Irishmen, but it is from his perspective which many don’t fully believe but anyway he tells his story that he was a war veteran and became a truck driver by trade but began to sell his meat from his trucks to local Mafias and when he got caught, they bailed him out then that’s when he began working for the mafia as a hitman. The film then shifts to a time where he becomes friends with Jimmy Hoffa and sadly because of Hoffa wouldn’t listen to the Mafia, Frank who try to warned him had no other choice but to kill him, which historians and detectives dispute this claim and bunch of other kills Frank claims that he did.
The Movie made not be the most accurate film but it this did come from Frank himself which many claim that he was lying but no there is no evidence that says he wasn’t either. I won’t knock the film for that because he was telling the story and they wanted to tell Frank’s story then this is what he told them. Now there is a issue I have with casting and that was they casted Anna Paquin as Frank’s oldest daughter Peggy, the woman is seen for a few minutes and not given one line yet she is the reason for Frank confessing everything, I don’t know if they were on a tight budget because they used most of it to de age the main cast for their flashback scenes and all they could get was Anna with no lines to me this just seems like a waste of casting and money to that matter. Frank made had a long story to tell rather it was fact or fiction but this movie didn’t need to tell every single word of it.
In the end I am giving this film a B or 83 percent, I liked it and thought it had a lot of good going towards it but the poor casting of a few people and the length just ruin it to me but if you have time and I do mean if you have time then take a watch!