Ariel Vromen’s “Criminal” is not Kevin Costner’s best film but it’s something I can watch again to pass the time. It’s entertaining and, oddly or not, quite enjoyable mostly because Costner wasn’t trying to be the god-like hero that he liked to portray in most of his films during his heyday.
That’s the thing about Kevin Costner’s old movies. I always got the impression that he was always trying to immortalize himself rather than portraying a character in a story. The cinematography and production design of “Dances With Wolves” might have blown me away but I never cared to watch it again because there was the nagging feeling that the film was developed to massage Costner’s ego and allow him to live out his fantasies, and telling a story was only secondary.
I got the same impression when watching “Waterworld” and “The Postman”. If it weren’t for Alan Rickman’s wicked portrayal of the Sheriff of Nottingham, “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves” might not have been as enjoyable. And without the magnificent supporting cast of “The Untouchables” and the delightful Armani wardrobe, the film might have gone in the direction of the rest of Costner’s films. [Read more…]