The Color of Money

1986

Action / Drama / Sport

19
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 90%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 73%
IMDb Rating 7 10 64750

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Tom Cruise as Vincent Lauria
Martin Scorsese as Opening Voiceover
Paul Newman as Fast Eddie Felson
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by mmallon4 10 / 10

The Rules of the Game

I've never been more aroused by a film's editing and cinematography than that featured in The Color of Money, a film which I ultimately enjoyed more than it's predecessor The Hustler. It just so happens I first watched The Color of Money during my time as a film student and attempted to replicate many of the film's shots and edits for a music video (and an intentionally 80's music video at that) as I studied the cuts present in the film frame by frame. Needless to say I was not entirely successful in my endeavour.

The Color of Money has the fast pace and rhythm of MTV music videos but still with a sense of old school class and sophistication; right from the opening credits I can tell this would be a movie dripping in atmosphere. A movie so snappy, fast paced and full of quick edits, many of which come unexpectedly along with many unconventional camera movements yet it never feels disorientating or distracting as the scenes glide with such fluidity and ease. The cinematography on display here isn't that of a David Lean production, no this is a movie which largely takes place in bars and pool halls yet it still has a sense of majesty and scope even if the shot in question is a close up of drinking glass. Really the only edit I can fault is the very cheesy freeze frame of Paul Newman jumping out of a swimming pool. On the other hand nobody uses licensed soundtracks better than Martin Scorsese. I get the impression scenes in the film where shot with the music in mind and not as an afterthought. With the opening scene it feels like Phil Collins' One More Night was specifically composed to fit the mood and tone of the scene.

The Color of Money however is not style over substance. I love the intriguing character triangle of a trio of hustlers as well as the harmony of two generations coming together. Tom Cruise is an actor I only like in certain parts but in roles such as Vincent, a cocky, male fantasy indulging character who embodies the entrepreneurial and capitalistic spirit of the 1980's (like his character in Risky Business), I simply revel in - as Eddie puts it "a natural character". Just as impressive are pool shots done by Cruise himself (he performed all but one of his own trick shots); makes me energised to play some pool myself.

Reviewed by Leonardo Beltrame 7 / 10

Enjoyable experience

"The Color of Money" stars Paul Newman as Fast Eddie Felson, an experienced snooker player who leads his protégé, Vincent Lauria, played by a young Tom Cruise, to the wonders of pool hustling.

Beware of your expectations. If it was directed by a newcomer or an unknown, this movie would pass as enjoyable and above-average. When one finds out, however, that Martin Scorsese is behind the cameras, that is not enough. Consequently, the overall result is a tad frustrating. Scorsese, here, is a victim of his own success.

Arguably, this is one of Scorsese's most conventional movies. For a start, the plot is disappointingly predictable. From the very beginning, we are able to foretell that Felson would pick Vincent as his protégé, that they would eventually split up, and that the two of them would have their final showdown. By the way, that last aspect is what keeps the audience invested through the whole movie. Precisely because of that, the ending is frustrating. Albeit Scorsese's intention is evident, I'm pretty sure the public would opt for a different finale.

Having said that, these downsides don't prevent the movie from being a pleasure ride and from leaving a good impression. Newman, Cruise, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (who plays Claire, Vincent's girlfriend) all deliver fascinating performances - especially Newman, whose work granted him his only Oscar.

The movie also benefits from a well-constructed character development, as all the main personalities include confidence, vulnerability, and reluctance. Felsen is a shrewd, charming, and strategist man, which contrasts with his late lack of confidence, frustration and lost of control. In turn, Vincent is at the same time tender, cocky, and impulsive - carpe diem seems to be his tacit motto. Finally, Mastrantonio's Claire is enigmatic and enticing, with a strong personality and an intriguing background.

The technical issues are also worth praising. Scorsese's good taste when it comes to music is there. The camera-work and editing are unsurprisingly excellent, as that's where lies more vividly the director's touch.

"The Color of Money" doesn't rank among Scorsese's best works, but it is still worth watching. Apart from its predictability and the lack of a decent payoff, the movie offers great interpretations and riveting characters.

Vote: 7,5.

Reviewed by slightlymad22 8 / 10

Solid, But I Do Not Love It.

Continuing my plan to watch every Tom Cruise movie in order, I come to The Color Of Money (1986)

Plot In A Paragraph: Fast Eddie Felson (Paul Newman) teaches Vincent (Tom Cruise) a immensely talented but cocky protégé the ropes of pool hustling, which in turn inspires him to make an unlikely comeback.

After the mega commercial Top Gun, Cruise switched it up, with this more serious effort, teaming up with two legends of the industry in Newman and director Martin Scorsese. You have to admire how Cruise went from the youthful appeal of Risky Business and the commercial appeal of Top Gun to working with Paul Newman and Martin Scorsese.

Personally, whilst I enjoy this movie, I do not watch it often. I think it's far from the best work of any of the talent involved, but it is an enjoyable movie. Newman deservedly won the Oscar and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio lights up the screen. If anything Cruise's Vincent is a little over shadowed at times. Again, like in Top Gun, his character is cocky, but this time it's mixed with arrogance, and his character isn't really likable.

The Color Of Money grossed $52 million at the domestic box office, to end the year the 12th highest grossing movie of 1986.

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