The Story of Two Jakes

The Story of Two Jakes
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Big business plays a role in this filma s it did in the previous one.

The Two Jakes

Once again the wealthy seem to be able to get away with things that the rest of the world would be prosecuted for Cosby, Trump, Etc. I'm the th person to review this DVD film overall. Buy it and you won't be disappointed. Nathaniel Wallace, Jr. A haunting continuation of "Chinatown" with an older, but just as wise J.

Gittes pulled into another conspiracy layered mystery. When I first saw this film in the theater, I didn't much care for it I approached seeing the film again on home video like rereading a book. You've really got to pay attention and acclimate yourself to a languid pace. If you do so, you'll be rewarded. The final scenes between the eponymous main characters packs an emotional wallop. Jack Nicholson's directorial style is very quirky, but he does a good job behind the camera as well as in front as the star. While I missed Jerry Goldsmith's sleek style of score, the music in this film asserts a separate identity.

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It's just not quite Chinatown. Gittes is older, paunchier, more dissipated, improbably more prosperous. And so, we launch into a muddled plot about oil rights and subdivisions and crimes of passion or convenience and radium treatments and incest stories in the Times clippings file. But punches are thrown, guns and hand grenades are produced and fired, a house blows up real good.

That's all fun enough to keep the audience involved. A McGuffin is introduced, the latest of post-war high-tech, a wire recording.

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Everybody in L. And then Jack Nicholson does a world-weary voiceover that does little to expedite the goings-on, but keeps his bummed-out nostalgia trip running. Everybody is orange in Los Angeles. Interiors get a more natural lighting, which is kind of jarring. Is this a thing? Nicholson is really pretty good doing the jaded, tired, used-up Jake 1. Harvey Keitel a little less so as the weasel-ish hustler Jake 2. Madeleine Stowe, as the bereaved hysterical maybe nymphomaniacal widow is really pretty terrible.

Her hysterics are so over-the-top as to be funny. And Meg Tilly as the wife with the deep terrible secret nobody dares mention except we in the audience twigged to it about fifteen minutes in is kind of inexplicable. I think the latter. More fun that way. The fist fight that turns into revolver-oral spontaneous micturition incident in the police station? Witnessed by dozens of cop extras? And Jake 1 strolls away from that?

Canine-style no less? That is one tough P. Most of us would at least go by an E. Plus, in addition to having learned Mandarin somewhere Wait! I suddenly get it! Jake was in Chinatown, back there! Roman Polanski is garbage wrapped in skin, but he sure could direct. A judicious editing could have tightened up the story, made it flow better. The house that blows up explodes very nicely.

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For him, good television writing was invisible, natural, and indistinguishable from conversation. Welcome to my site. He is requested to surveil an adulterous wife by an aggrieved husband, the second Jake. That's all fun enough to keep the audience involved. Some scenes lay flat as a dead fish; others do manage to work. Sign Up. I watched the dailies.

Some nice deco architecture. Wire recorders I remember seeing an antique wire recorder in a junk shop; looked just like this one. It was pretty cool. Complicated 's undergarments.

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It is always good to see Eli Wallach in anything at all. But now with a twinkle in his avuncular eye.

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I doubt it. Although, evidently she does want him! So, she proceeds to passive-aggressively provoke him into having sex with her. Jack Nicholson does a great job of reluctantly obliging her! Quite a funny scene! The plot takes many twists and turns like Chinatown.

The Two Jakes

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The Two Jakes is a American neo-noir mystery film, and the sequel to the film The story ends with Kitty and Gittes in his office. They speak of regrets. Jack Nicholson in The Two Jakes () Jack Nicholson and Rubén Blades in The . The story of the notorious American labor union figure Jimmy Hoffa, who.

As the scene goes into focus we see the image is merely the reflection in a camera lens. Gittes is still doing marital investigations.

The scene that follows is similar to the opening scene in "Chinatown," with Gittes apparently revealing to a client that his wife has been unfaithful. But there is a phoniness to the client's speech. Gradually we see that it's because he's learning a line of dialogue to speak when Gittes helps him burst in on his unfaithful wife and her lover. This telling scene also reveals that the client is named Jake Berman Harvey Keitel , a coincidence since Gittes is known as Jake to his friends. Meanwhile, Gittes has a wire recording of the event, and everybody from cops to hoodlums is trying to get it from him.

But on the recording Gittes hears the name Katharine Mulwray, causing the events that occurred in "Chinatown" to flood his mind as he becomes obsessed with finding her. What follows is a very complex mystery that really is a direct extension of the first film rather than the usual remake-sequel that stands on its own.

It is therefore ironic that the title, "The Two Jakes," while a welcome relief from the many numbered titles in theaters right now, does not indicate its original source. Moviegoers who go in blind will likely find themselves confused. Nicholson's performance is flawless, making Jake more mellow but still the same man from the first film, and though his direction is full of impeccable detail and thoughtful setups, there is much less urgency here than in "Chinatown. Robert Towne's script is no less convoluted than the story he wrote for the first film, but this time the story, while interesting, is much less compelling.

To be fair it should be noted that Towne's screenplay reportedly underwent extensive rewrites.