(By Gerry Wang)
VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK #4
by Gerry Wang
THE USUAL SUSPECTS
(Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Baldwin, Benicio
Del Toro, directed by Bryan Singer)
_____Every once in a
while, a movie is made that just becomes dear to your
heart. You can watch it over and over, and you memorize
every last line of the script. The characters become your
best friend. You know their every quirk, every nuance,
and when the movie ends, you miss them as companions.
_____For me, THE USUAL
SUSPECTS was just such a movie. I loved it from the
minute it started, and I saw it again and again. It
reminds me that movies don't always have to be about
explosions and killing. Good movies are made w/ good
writing, which is apparent in THE USUAL SUSPECTS, which
won a Screenplay Oscar for writer Christopher McQuarrie.
_____THE USUAL SUSPECTS
revolves around a mythical figure named Keyser Soze. The
whole world's underground knows and fears Keyser Soze. He
is supposedly the most evil criminal on Earth, and the
most vengeful. Like he'll kill your entire family, then
your relatives, then your friends, then your friends'
next door neighbor if you screw w/ him. But the question
is, does Keyser Soze exist? Or is he just another bedtime
story crooks tell their children before they sleep?
_____The story stops
off w/ a dumbwitted cripple played by Kevin Spacey being
questioned about his participation in a heist supposedly
set up by Keyser Soze. The plot is basically a flashback
of the entire heist operation, about how the dim-witted
cripple partnered up w/ these weirdo criminals to do the
heist. But something ain't right about his story.
_____The plot is full
of twists and turns, double crosses and the like. It's
pretty complicated. That's why you should watch it more
than once. You'll always catch something new. Whether it
be a glance or a certain phrase from a character, you'll
_____I also love this
movie because of its characters. Kevin Spacey's key role
is played very convincingly. Things about his character
gradually become totally shocking. Benicio Del Toro's
lispy character is also hilarious. You can't really
understand what he says, but it sounds so weird and he
looks so funny that you keep laughing.
_____Of course this
movie is full of violence and cursing. But it fits. This
is a very good noir film. A classic whodunit full of
mysteries and surprises. And the myth about Keyser Soze
has embedded itself in our pop culture. I hear the name,
and I shudder. He truly is the embodiment of the devil.
"And just like that, he vanishes." That last
line keeps haunting me.
Chick-o-meter: 4 (even girls will love this mysterious