Sunday, February 5, 2012

Scent of a Woman (film)

"Whoo-ah." I know it is very late to write a review on a movie that was released in 1992, but still, what to do! I was a toddler then and I have just watched it last night..!!

Scent of a Woman is about Charles Simms (Chris O’Donnell), a Boston prep school senior, and the Thanksgiving weekend he spends working as the aide and companion of Lt. Colonel Frank Slade (Al Pacino), a stubborn, lonely, blind veteran. The job, which begins as an onerous task performed principally for money, becomes a tour of self-discovery when Slade decides to make an unexpected visit to New York City. There, amidst all the holiday hoopla, the lieutenant’s actions force Charlie into making an emotionally painful and morally good decision, which could rot his entire future.
Acting is a divinely art and Cinema is a dangerous platform. It has seen men who had aspired to become a Super Star and ended as yet another Day Dreamer. But there are certain actors that, when they appear in the big screen, make the audience engrossed on their face (to be more precise, eyes). I can name few of those elite actors – Tom Hanks, Leo Dicaprio, Morgan Freeman, Robert De Niro, Marlon Brando, Brad Pitt… and Al Pacino. These guys above can do any roles given to them to the perfect extent possible. I have seen very few Pacino movies and of those few characters I have seen, Lt. Colonel Slade is the most difficult one – a stubborn, blind man with a soft heart deep inside, and no one could have done this role better than Pacino. His “Whoo-ah“s are ever memorable.
"...I don't know if Charlie's silence here is right or wrong; I'm not a judge or jury. But I can tell you this - he won't sell anybody out to buy his future! And that, my friends, is called integrity. That's called courage..." - Lt. Colonel Slade
Scenes and Dialogues, which apparently impress most of the audience, is one of the big reasons for the success of the Scent of a Woman. Director Martin Brest knew the secret and blended awesome dialogues with beautiful screenplay. Especially Pacino’s tango scene with Gabrielle Anwar, it was magical. Final dialogues from Slade, which explains how much he had learnt from young Charlie, were very convincing for me to believe that the Disciplinary Committee had acquitted Charlie. Some may argue it as an usual Hollywood ending, but I can say there could be no other perfect ending for a pleasant story like Scent of a Woman.
"No mistakes in the tango, not like life. Simple, that's what makes tango so great. You make a mistake... get all tangled up... just tango on." - Lt. Colonel Slade
If you ask for something other than Al Pacino’s role-play or Scenes or Dialogues which gives a reason to watch this movie, I can give you one to listen to Scent of a Woman – Music. Thomas Newman has given a divinely, peaceful and outstanding backscore which could be heard all day. Hats off to Newman!
Scent of a Woman – a masterful product by a perfect trio, which makes you forget your sorrows and makes you feel happier. Never miss it..!!

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