Pin It

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Michael Keaton’s Gentleman doesn’t make much merry

click to enlarge RESTRAINING ORDER: Michael Keaton as Frank Logan (left) and Kelly Macdonald as Kate Frazier
  • RESTRAINING ORDER: Michael Keaton as Frank Logan (left) and Kelly Macdonald as Kate Frazier

For most of his directorial debut The Merry Gentleman, Michael Keaton sports a goatee and a dark turtleneck sweater, so he’s clearly somebody’s evil twin. Perhaps he’s the sinister, taciturn alter ego of the live-wire comedic persona Keaton established in the 1980s, beginning with his breakthrough role in Ron Howard’s Night Shift.

In The Merry Gentleman, Keaton takes a change of pace as drastic as his brooding turn in Batman. He plays Frank Logan, an enigmatic, suicidal hitman who maintains a cover as a tailor, although the script never clarifies his professions’ relationship to each other. After offing a victim with a sniper’s rifle one night, he stands on the ledge of a building and considers killing himself. Office worker Kate (Scottish-accented Kelly Macdonald, retaining her charming burr) happens to see him, cries out and saves his life.

Continue reading "Michael Keaton’s Gentleman doesn’t make much merry"

(Image courtesy Matt Dinerstein/Samuel Goldwyn Films)

Tags: , , , , , ,

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Latest in Fresh Loaf

More by Curt Holman

09/11/2014

Search Events

Search Fresh Loaf

Recent Comments

© 2014 Creative Loafing Atlanta
Powered by Foundation