Animated adventure from the director of Ice Age and Robots
Pacino, winning his first Best Actor Oscar after four previous nominations, is powerful as an embittered, blind ex-Army colonel, whose capacity for wine, women and song causes much distress to his timid young charge and foil (O'Donnell).
More than Vittorio Gassman in Profumo di Donna (1974), the film on which this is based, Pacino manages to shift smoothly from comedy to pathos, making the antipathetic character seem fascinating. He is also completely convincing as a blind man.
However, the film is weakened by the rites of passage and college movie parallel plot involving the sympathetic O'Donnell.
Film4.com editor Catherine Bray experiments with James Franco's ambitious split screen adaptation of William Faulkner's Nobel Prize winning impressionistic stream of consciousness novel, As I Lay Dyin
Film4.com editor Catherine Bray catches an early morning screening of the new film from prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike... [caption id="attachment_2409" align="alignnone" width="508"] Shield