2013 / Director. Luc Besson.
I'm a sucker for Luc Besson. I've loved almost everything he's produced and just about everything he's directed. I was bummed out when he announced his retirement in 2006 following ARTHUR AND THE INVISIBLES but was quickly relieved when he went against his own word and made more movies... FIVE more movies to be precise. His latest is THE FAMILY, starring Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones. A mob family are moved from country to country in a witness protection program in an attempt to allude vengeful mobsters from New York. Assisted by a small team of FBI agents lead by Tommy Lee Jones, the are resettled into the small French township of Normandy and must attempt to assimilate into the community. It's an odd film and I'm undecided about it. The first half is terrible and it plays for laughs. It's presented as a comedy and lines up one gag after another. The gags are riddled with cliches and none of them hit their mark. To be honest I almost nodded off to sleep... but then suddenly it all switches gears and becomes a really good movie instead. The comedy is abandoned for a harder edged, straight up thriller. It's this second half that works and were the entire film as good, THE FAMILY would be something special. Adding an extra allure is the film's awesome soundtrack. Musical interludes from artists such as Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem and M give it a really surreal quality. These pop songs shouldn't fit in to this sort of mobster movie but they work the treat. I hated THE FAMILY and then I loved it. Does the second half counteract the first half and make it worthwhile or is the first half too terrible for redemption? I'll sit on it and reflect. I'm keen to hear other people's thoughts. Please leave a comment.