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So, um, I watched Miami Vice. Well, it was called that. It was more like Miami Vice: The Cover Band, or perhaps, "Influenced by Miami Vice," or maybe, "Jamie Foxx and Colin Farrell portraying a couple of vice cops who happen to work in the Miami area."

The soundtrack was okay until they had some cover artist (named Nonpoint, ironically) tackle "In the Air Tonight." What? The original version wasn't good enough to use? Heck, that was one of the groundbreaking aspects of the television show: that they used the real artists! Some of them even appeared on the show.

I didn't have high hopes going in, and truth be told, it wasn't completely terribad. I mean, if it hadn't had the Miami Vice label on it creating expectations, I might have found it a little more palatable. However, there was absolutely no chemistry between Foxx and Farrell; Foxx was good, but Farrell was just sort of a barely-animate guy in a suit saying some lines. Indeed, it seemed like they rewrote Crockett as Tubbs and Tubbs as Crockett, in a way. The script was slow in parts, too fast for credibility in others, and suffered from very trite dialogue here and there.

Let me say this: it was more Miami Vice than the last three Star Wars movies were Star Wars, but just barely, and if that's not damning with faint praise, then I don't know what is. I don't even feel like it was trying to impersonate the series -- just sort of took the names and a summarized concept (cops undercover in Miami) and put a lot of blue light on it.

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(Anonymous)
Jun. 8th, 2009 01:09 pm (UTC)
From Patricia
That's a good point. I remember it being a big deal that the show was willing to pay the price for popular music performed by the original artists, and it DID make a big difference.
pointedview
Jun. 8th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
Re: From Patricia
Well, hey, there! It was okay, but it was *just* okay. In my opinion, Netflix needs more granularity in its ratings, such as being able to give a movie a half-star rating. I'd give this one 2.5 stars, but I can't give it 3 for "Liked it." I didn't exactly dislike it, either, It wasn't epic fail, it just missed the mark somewhat. A rental price was okay to pay for it, and catching it on television by accident would've been even better.
(Anonymous)
Jun. 9th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
They also call me...
They also call me "Cochi Loco"... That means crazy pig.

JimDavies
pointedview
Jun. 10th, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)
Re: They also call me...
And the Jackson Pollack comment -- foreshadowing much?
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