You know that a movie is iconic when audiences know it by a single line, regardless of if they have seen the movie or not.
In A Few Good Men (1992), Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) is a military lawyer who has yet to work inside of a courtroom. His newest case is to defend two marines accused of killing a fellow Marine. Working with Lt. Cdr Joanne Galloway (Demi Moore), Daniel is initially uncaring about his case, but will quickly change his mind. Then comes the dramatic courtroom conflict with Colonel Nathan R. Jessup (Jack Nicholson). Will Daniel be able to prove innocence or did those men really kill their brother marine?
Normally, I am not a fan of Tom Cruise. But this movie is nothing short of fantastic. It hooks the audience quickly and does not let go until the very end.
I absolutely recommend it.
There are some actors that can surprise an audience. We think we know the characters that they will play, but sometimes, they step away from that archetype and into a brand new character.
In Anger Management (2003), Dave Buznik (Adam Sandler), is a nice guy with no backbone. When an encounter on an airplane goes horribly wrong, Dave is sentenced to anger management classes. The doctor assigned to him is Buddy Rydell (Jack Nicholson). Dr. Rydell is unpredictable and unorthodox in his methods. As Dr. Rydell becomes more ingrained in Dave’s life, he seems to be the only one who can help Dave grow the pair that he desperately needs to grow.
Up until this movie, Adam Sandler played characters who while they were physically grown, they had the emotional maturity of a 14 year old boy. In this movie, he steps out of that mold and into the shoes of a man who is not quite sure of himself. As Dr. Rydell, the audience may wonder what is up with Jack Nicholson’s character. Is he onto something or is just plain crazy?
I recommend it.