Saturday, June 21st, 2003
Bob Le Flambeur
Something I’ve realized lately is that I LOVE the caper film. A good heist flick? Nothing like it. The Good Thief is a good heist flick. Stylishly directed by Neil Jordan (stylishness is essential to a good heist flick), the film (a remake of French film Bob Le Flambeur) plays the well-worn theme of an old thief coming out of retirement to make one last big score. Yeah it’s a bit of a cliche, but the caper isn’t about concept – it’s about execution. Nick Nolte is fantastic in the title role, a performance good enough to make you forget the haggard drunk in his well-publicized mug shots and see only a veteran actor in one of the finest roles of his career. Nolte quite literally embodies the broken-down, wasted man pulling himself together for one last shot at glory, and does so splendidly. Thumbs up.