Merry Gentleman, The
Kate Frazier is a tormented woman who left her former husband after he physically abused her. In Chicago she finds a job she really likes. When one night she leaves the office, she sees a man standing on the rooftop of the building across the street, seemingly ready to jump. When she screams, the man suddenly disappears and when later on the cops arrive to investigate, no trace of the man is found. However, the man, Frank Logan, is actually a hitman who just finished a job and he’s now gotten interested in the woman who saw him…
Sound and Vision:
Nothing special to be said about the technical aspects of this DVD. The image is pretty decent with realistic skintones and a rather toned down color palette, giving the movie a rather harsh look at time but we didn’t spot any all too obnoxious compression errors.
The sound comes with a 5.1 track that does what it needs to do but don’t expect bullets flying around as this movie is centered around dialogue.
A short making of which is mildly interesting
The Merry Gentleman is the directorial debut of Michael Keaton who’s been laying low the last couple of years but now shows he’s not only a great actor, but also a decent director.
The movie’s synopsis suggests a thriller with plenty of murders and suspense, but instead we get a drama that revolves around a hurt woman who’s being courted by different men and the suspense rather comes from the relations between the people than the actual violence which in effect is pretty absent. This isn’t your everyday thriller but definitely a good first shot at directing a movie from Keaton and he shows he’s got potential. With a small budget he puts down a movie that may not reach the general audience, but will surely touch a selected few who’ll find something more than the average shootout we usually get in stories about hitmen.