Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Robson Green A Trilogy

Ain't Misbehavin' (1997)
Robson & Jerome duo was very popular in the UK in mid 90's, following the success of the Unchained Melody recording, which they sang in Soldier Soldier series. In Ain't Misbehavin', the two actors met again. Set in London around WW2, Jerome Flynn stars as an ex-RAF who becomes a saxophone player, and Robson Green plays a private detective who also works as a bass player. When the lead singer dies in a bombing, they both replace him and has misadventures with local gangsters. This movie is very entertaining, funny at times, with some nice musical numbers. This is my favourite among the three and reminds me of 'The Singing Detective' and wonder how would it be like if Green played the role of Dan Dark.

The Last Musketeer (2000)
Robson Green plays a fencer who gives inspirations to his students. Disappointed because he hasn't been elected into the national team and to get away from a group of gangsters who believe he has taken their money, Steve McTear (Green) finds a shelter in an exclusive school and becomes a fencing coach. I'm not fond of any movie about sports, so I don't really like this one. The tone of this movie is also dark.

Take Me (2001)
I have read many horrible reviews about this one, but this is a part of the trilogy boxset and I wanted to watch The Last Musketeer so much (although I end up with Ain't Misbehavin' as my favourite). Sad to say that after watching this, I am agree to those reviewers, and that Green's other works are better. In my opinion Take Me could be better if they had reduced the running time (293 minutes) because the first part is very slow. The plot is actually not bad, although it's hard for me to believe that in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne there is a neighbourhood where the husbands agree to swap wives in every party they have. It's nice to hear the lovely song 'The Twelfth of Never' by Johnny Mathis; I'm familar with the versions by Donny Osmond and Cliff Richard, but never heard Mathis's before. Jack (Green) suspects his neighbour Doug (Danny Webb) has killed a woman and hidden the body somewhere, but he has no proof; and later in a party Doug tells Jack that he has accidentally killed another. Jack helps him to bury the body in the woods only to find that Doug has set a trap for him. The twists in the end are nice. The food in the picture below also looks delicious...

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