My inadvertent flight from art-house cinema continued this weekend with a viewing of Miami Vice. OK - I'll admit it I loved that show and I love many of Michael Mann's films. I had a brief moment of concern with Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx fox starring. My concerns were for naught. Thankfully Mr. Foxx managed to avoid combining this with his budding singing career and the film held together nicely. As always Mann gives a great feel to the film. It's not Heat, but given the low expectations you're likely to go in with it's a nice ride. Utterly predictable most of the time - come on, try to tell me you don't know where the doomed couple is off to for drinks midway through the film. But unpredictable in that it does such a good job with a remake of a TV show that's slid into parody over the years. Mann slides between sharp in-focus closeups and broader shots with the enhanced grainy look of 70/80's films. Or maybe that was just the projector at the theater where I saw it. The sound there was atrocious so maybe I'm just reading more into it than was there. ;-)
My memory is that that beyond the clothes, cars, and hair stubble it was a pretty dark show for it's time. The film keeps things in line with that while updating the look overall. Though it keeps the stubble. Wouldn't be Miami Vice without that.