The episode’s emotional epicenter is Bobby Briggs, now white-haired and working as a deputy for the department.
It pulls back from the effectiveness of its macro view of hell on earth to focus narrowly on Mike Williams’s heroism.
Throughout the film, Nicolas Cage holds the screen with his distinct timing and expressive force of being.
If its copycat visual artistry illuminates nothing, at least its script is sincerely devoted to probing Finkel and Longo’s odd partnership.
Martin Scorsese’s keyed-up, irreverent tone frequently fails to distinguish itself from the grunting arias sung by the oily paragons of commerce his film evidently intended to deflate.
The Fountain is an acquired taste I don’t really care to acquire. The soundtrack, though, is not.
Given the nature of the film, the image and audio is almost too good, but the film’s laughs still resonate through the spic-and-span treatment.
Video on this Without a Paddle DVD is occasionally muggy, but otherwise quality is clean throughout.