What has got to
give? We all know from the previews that it is Jack Nicholson's
heart. His character has two heart attacks: After a hectic way
of life and after meeting Keaton's character.
Her character is
described as someone who should grace the mantle above a fireplace and the
director shows a painting of a woman in Keaton's home to emphasize this.
Also, when Nicholson is looking at Keaton's chest and says, "You are
beautiful," the director intentionally focuses the camera on her
heart. By doing this, the director clearly shows her point of view.
The glasses, the stage scene--including the Dancing Henry's, hospital
scenes, the flight of stairs at the beach.
A nice cut of the
camera to show time passing: When Nicholson is in the elevator with
no beard, and then comes out with a beard. The disheveled look
emphasizes Nicholson's character change--toward a meaningful relationship
with Keaton's character, unlike his shallow relationships of the
Also, I kept feeling
sorry for Keanu Reeves' character. At least in real life, (such as
the case with Mary Tyler Moore's other half), the ending is good for the
doctor. Reeves acts out well the subtle recognition he observes
regarding Keaton and Nicholson outside of the restaurant while they all
wait for a taxi. The camera likes Reeves' face and these kinds of
shots should be used more in his work.
Amanda Peete and
Frances McDormand are true talents that add to the movie.
The actors chosen for
this picture appeal to a wide range of audiences.