The movie may be titled Miami Vice, and it may be directed by Michael Mann, who was responsible for the original TV series, and its characters have the names Crockett and Tubbs and the same skin color -- but aside from that, there's little in the movie that resembles the hit television series of the 1980s, critics point out. Richard Roeper, substituting for his ailing TV colleague Roger Ebert, writes in the Chicago Sun-Times that the movie left him "confused and frustrated. ... There were moments when I had very little idea of who was buying what drugs at what point from whom, and for that matter why anyone was doing what he or she was doing." Likewise, Carrie Rickey in the Philadelphia Inquirer calls the film "an atmospheric muddle." Jack Mathews in the New York Daily News writes unenthusiastically: "Miami Vice is the last of the predicted summer blockbusters, and it delivers a reasonable amount of popcorn excitement. But if nostalgia for the TV show is the source of your interest, expect some disappointment." And Lisa Kennedy in the Denver Post comments, "The film ... promises more than it ever delivers. Granted, it can look cool. But more often, as we wait for the lightning that never arrives, it frustrates." Many of the reviews compare the style of the movie (several critics opine that the movie is all style) with that of the TV series. "The TV series was noted for pastel color schemes, Don Johnson's narcissistic slickness and Philip Michael Thomas' piercing-eyed charisma," writes Philip Wuntch in the Dallas Morning News. "The movie's style is completely different, one that's suited to the relatively bleak 2000s." And Scott Bowles concludes in USA Today: "For all its Big Hair, dizzying pastels and unbuttoned, hairy chests, the TV show had joy and humor to it. All this movie has in common with its ancestor are speedboats, shotguns and drug-dealing Colombians."




28/07/2006