Thursday, September 9, 2010
TIFF REVIEW: FILM #8 "Viva Riva"
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IN MY OPINION - 6/10
It's a fun movie, and it's a good screwballish gangster comedy of errors, in the vein of lockstock and two smocking barrells. The main bad guy, if you can call him that seeing as everyone is a bad guy, steals every scene he can, and I for one don't have a problem with that as he was such a great quirky character.
What I disliked though was when the only seemingly, less bad guy, went full on mean and ruthless. Just not necessary. Oh, and when a characters motivation for delving into a world of murder and crime can just be thrown aside when the third act is coming up, then it wasn't a good enough reason to begin with. It was a shame to see little things like that, and constant catch up exposition, that added nothing to the film. It was pitfalls like those that kept this from being a stronger film.