Scent of a Woman
My take on 'Scent of a Woman' the very movie for which the great Al Pacino won his only Oscar.
Al Pacino all the way!
I watched it about one year ago and now i can literally rush through each and every emotion this cult movie had presented.Such was the power in the performance of Mr Al pacino who won his only Oscar(surprisingly) for this masterpiece.His role as Frank Slade achieved a cult status as well.He played the role of a blind man with utmost realism and originality.Frank Slade was a very vulnerable sought of a character, very reactive, very compassionate and at the same time very sharp as well.You can say that he had every possible emotion a man can possess, which was the magical beauty of the film,To be honest i feel only Al Pacino could have pulled it off knowing how expressive an Actor he is.
According to him in an interview it was a very risky sought of a role for him because the origin of the character he played was not the talking point of the script.So the mannerism in which his character carried himself throughout the movie was difficult for him to get initially..Thank heavens that he finally did it.
A prep school student(Charlie) needing money agrees to "babysit" a blind man(Frank Slade), but the job is not at all what he anticipated.
Frank is a retired Lt Col in the US army. He's blind and impossible to get along with. Charlie is at school and is looking forward to going to university; to help pay for a trip home for Christmas, he agrees to look after Frank over thanksgiving.But Frank had other plans.He arranges a tour of pleasures. It involved travel, women, good food, fine wine, the tango, chauffeured limousines and a loaded forty-five. And he's bringing Charlie along for the ride.The whole tour turns out to be a learning curve for Charlie.
My take on the Movie
The story of the movie is not the selling point of it.Its the performances and the breathtaking script which emerge out as Winners.The beauty of this movie is that the more you will dig deep in it the more you will accept it.As i said earlier, Frank Slade will make you cry, laugh,dance, sing and whatever you crave for.His take on women is in a different zone altogether.There is a sequence where he describes Women and i can bet that for many it will be very provocative but for me it was the highlight of his character, the honesty with which he did that, only a real man can have such tenderness.Click here to see the clip.
He is bitter but at the same time charming.That very prospect of his glues you throughout the movie.
Now talking about Charlie which was played by Chris O'Donnell without whom Mr slade wouldn't have been complete.Charlie was a school kid learning the trades of this world, very innocent and vulnerable.Chris O Donnell maintained the composure of the character throughout.He never outdid himself which could have been very easy working with someone like Pacino.
This movie is an emotional roller coaster and i can assure, you will enjoy and cherish every bit of the ride.