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Fading Gigolo Blu-ray Review

Fading Gigolo Blu-ray Review

Not even Woody Allen can save the slight “Fading Gigolo.”

After Murray’s rare bookshop closes down, both he and his middle aged co-worker/flower shop worker Fioravante find themselves in need of money. When Murray brings up the fact that his dermatologist is looking to have a threesome, a ludicrous idea to have Fioravante act as a gigolo emerges. Eventually, this proposition escalates as Murray finds himself becoming Fioravante’s pimp. As Murray searches for clients, this absurd venture turns out to be a revitalizing, life changing new journey for Murray, Fioravante, and his female clientèle.

In the first five minutes of “Fading Gigolo,” it’s clear that the plot was forced from the get go. While the far fetched one-joke premise may be purposeful, it makes “Fading Gigolo” feel slight to say the least. Yes, there are some poignant moments about life, love, romance, New York, religion, and sex, but they are often overshadowed by flat dialogue and jokes and a clumsy love triangle between Fioravante, a Jewish widow (Avigail), and a Jewish neighborhood patrolman (Dovi). It just doesn’t feel like the movie has much to offer the viewer which is a shame given the talent involved.

Speaking of the talent, “Fading Gigolo” does feature an all-star cast which is easily the highlight of the entire production. John Turturro (who does triple duties as a writer, producer, and actor) gives a quiet, understated performance. It may not rank as one of his best, but it’s genuine enough to catch your attention. Live Schreiber, Sharon, Stone, Sofia Vergara, and Vanessa Paradis shine in supporting roles while co-star Woody Allen steals every scene he is in. Even though Woody Allen continues to keep busy as a writer and director, it’s nice to see him step in front of the camera again. Not only does he have the film’s best lines, but he makes the film watchable.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? It’s not the sharpest looking transfer, but it’s solid nonetheless.

Audio Track: Dolby TrueHD 5.1. How does it sound? Betwene the lively jazzy score and Woody Allen’s rambling, this track delivers.

Extras include Millennium trailers, 6 deleted scenes, and a solid commentary by John Turturro and Cameron Bossert that contains discussions about 8mm footage, factoids about locations, behind-the-scenes tidbits, Woody Allen, etc.

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August 25, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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