Al Pacino, Chris O'Donnell

Scent of a woman (1992)

-Al Pacino, Chris O’Donnell

My good friend Nick Newport (hope you feel all special now) suggested I should write about Scent of a Woman, because it is his favorite movie and I have not seen it so of course I was going to watch it then.

So, Scent of a Woman, the movie which won Al Pacino his academy award for best actor, finally. Well, I was ready for a movie where I should have tissues right next to me, to my surprise I didn’t cry…tho the movie was very emotional…but if Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade (Al Pacino) would have killed himself then I think I would have sobbed a little. Let me explain a little to people who haven’t seen the movie SPOILERSPOIILEEER! It’s a movie about a school student (Chris O’Donnell) who is in desperate need for some money, well he is currently studying at this fancy school but he is far away from home and he needs a lil „chingching“ to get home for christmas. (Scratch the chingching part, should delete that, who uses that) Charlie agrees to „babysit“ Frank over thanksgiving. Frank’s niece says that this will be easy money, well…the bitch lied. Anyway, Frank and Charlie end up in New York…well Frank basically drags him there and leaves him no choice and so the adventure begins! Oh and I have to say that the two of them make a really good duo together.

I think the entire movie I was more focused on Al Pacino’s voice, oh that amazing voice. It’s so calming, like Morgan Freeman…I mean those guys can point a gun at me saying: I’m first going to put a finger up ya butt  and then kill you and I would still be calm. But anyway, his character…Frank, the woman-obsessed alcoholic who dances an amazing tango, is a very complex character. I think Al Pacino pulls it off perfectly and I couldn’t really imagine anyone else playing it, before I started watching the movie, of course I first read the storyline and when I found out Pacino is playing a blind man, I was quite skeptical but when I started watching…I was very impressed.

There were two things that bothered me a little tho in this movie. Frank wants to kill himself and at one point I just really wanted him to just get it over with already, he was being a total drama queen and Charlie…god damnit boy, open your damn mouth. There were so many times in the movie where he could have said so much but he just didn’t because he was a complete wuss…pissed me off. But he was very handsome in the movie so I got over it real fast. Oh and the part where Frank sends Charlie to the store to get some aspirin..I mean it was so obvious that the minute Charlie leaves then Frank is going to commit suicide or as he said, he is going to blow himself up. So Charlie „skipped“ downstairs but on his way to the store he finally turned back and then came the very emotional scene where the innocent Charlie yelled out „you miserable blind motherfucker“ and even my jaw dropped.

There were quite a lot of good quotes in this movie as well, I always have this habbit of writing them down. I loved one part especially where Frank Slade was talking about women:

Women! What can you sau? Who made  ’em? God must have been a fuckin’ genius. The hair… They say the hair is everything, you know. Have you ever buried your nose in a mountain of curls… just wanted to go to sleep forever? Or lips… and when they touched, yours were like… that first swallow of wine… after you just crossed the desert. Tits. Hoo-ah! Big ones, little ones, nipples staring right out at ya, like secret searchlights. Mmm. Legs. I don’t care if they’re Greek columns… or secondhand Steinways. What’s between ’em… passport to heaven. I need a drink. Yes, Mr Sims, there’s only two syllables in this whole wide world worth hearing: pussy. Hah! Are you listenin’ to me, son? I’m givin’ ya pearls here.

The ending tho…I mean all the drama because of a prank and Charlie almost got expelled and he didn’t even take part of the prank. The whole school was sitting in one room/hall and Charlie and his friend George had to confess what they saw and then comes Frank of course and he has this big speech and the day is saved. That was a bit too much. Too hollywood for me I guess.

The movie is as long as its storyline demands. It doesn’t seem like two and one-half hours it’s just enough and it is interesting all the way through, ok so there were some parts when I got pissed off etc but at least I had all kinds of emotions and those kind of movies are the best kinds. In was a very good movie and I think everyone shoudl see it.


Thought of the day: Why do 16 year old guys think they look 21 all of a sudden when they put on a suit?