Doctor Liew’s Capsule Review:
Just watched Midnight Run on DVD… It is not one of De Niro’s best efforts but still “watchable” – 6/10 rating maybe. The film uses a formulaic theme – a conman/hustler with a heart of gold – that has been told in various formats before, hence there are no real surprises in there.
De Niro still is & always will be a great actor , and there will always be a sizable audience for his flicks. From Raging Bull to Cape Fear his films will continue to enthrall cinema audience for many good years to come, so kudos to him.
I put him up there with the likes of Daniel Day Lewis and Jack Nicholson… somehow one scene from one of his movies will always be etched in my mind – the one in Men of Honor with Cuba Gooding Jr, where he ridiculed a stammering navy recruit.
Q & A
Sonny: Is Robert De Niro your favourite actor?
Dr. Liew: He’s one of many that I like.
Sonny: Who else is there… Paul Newman?
Dr. Liew: Yes, Paul Newman. And the actor from To Kill a Mocking Bird… Gregory Peck…
Sonny: I’ve never seen many of his movies to be honest.
Dr Liew: Moby Dick, The Guns of Navarone… those were some of his other films. Also Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster… those are the older ones.
Sonny: If you could meet one of them for a dinner who would you pick?
Dr. Liew: Who’s paying for the dinner?
Sonny: Of course they’d pay, lah!
Dr. Liew: If they’re paying then anyone will do!