I don't entirely know what this is but it achieves an instant place in my heart to compete with Bad Lieutenant 2. It draws a link between the American Dream of the 50s and 80s, how the two are no longer mutually tenable. Is it about the dumbest cop and dumbest crook finding each other? A satire of noir's self seriousness? It is all about those three leads, Baldwin especially has never been more satisfying.
Miami Blues is an immensely entertaining crime picture that succeeds brilliantly as a noir satire. Fred Ward and Jennifer Jason Leigh give solid performances but it's Alec Baldwin who, as many as have pointed out, steals the film completely. It's probably the best performance I've seen him give and it elevates the film to another level.
Five movies like Miami Blues a year and, believe me, the American dream is over. The only character who seems to know the difference between right or wrong is a young hooker whose sole desire in life is to become the ideal American housewife of the 50's. Fortunately, Honor is safe because Baldwin loses his fingers and Fred Ward his teeth in the end. Recommended.
Armitage knows how to rig up an expert piss-take of American mores and modes. Miami Blues is loopy, man. A favorite from way back. At this point in time Jennifer Jason Leigh was on fire. She breaks my heart mercilessly in a movie that is essentially staged as berserk frivolity. I still have the exact same crush on her I had when I was thirteen. Bladwin is working in the exact right register for the screenplay.
"I could have everything and anything that I want, only I don't know what I want"-This seems to be the anithesis of Baldwin's charecter. As a time piece it's an interesting reflection on the greedy 80's whilst containing some truely tender and funny moments. As a film it's an aimless anomaly. Drifting from one happening to the next with little attempt to deepen mood, charecter or plot. Strangely I still liked it. 3/5