Family comes first (Mickey Blue Eyes movie review)

“Mickey Blue Eyes”, directed by Kelly Makin, is made of stereotypes about Italians, English people, mafia and, last but least, the world of art and at the same time makes fun of them.

Briton Michael Felgate (great Hugh Grant) works at a New York auction house and he seems to be created for this job – he is professional, but at the same time extremely funny. He falls in love with Gina Vitale (very good Jeanne Tripplehorn), who is a teacher that comes from Italy. Michael quickly realizes that she is the one that he wants to spend his life with and proposes to her in pretty funny – as it usually is in romantic movies – circumstances. The girl loves him back, but she rejects the proposal anyway. Her man is not the one that easily gives up and makes her explain her decision. She turns out to be a daughter of an Italian gangster, Frank Vitale (amazing James Caan)…

The girl rejects Michael in his own sake – she is pretty sure that if he becomes a member of her family, which by the way she loves a lot, he won’t run away from dark businesses and shady deals. Nevertheless, the protagonist makes Gina believe that he will stay away from her dad’s affairs and won’t let mafia manipulate him and make him own them any favours. Michael swears not to make any arrangements with the mafia, but – as it’s easy to guess – the protagonist quickly gets a little help (that he wasn’t asking for) from gangsters. On the second day after the engagement, delivery guys who were always late for Michaels’ actions, come a few minutes earlier and apologize for the previous insubordination …It becomes obvious that for now on the protagonist will be a part of the mafia underground, which – obviously – forces him to lie to the love of his life…

“Micky Blue Eyes” is a movie with a pretty simple and obvious story, but at the same time this narration is composed of details – jokes, gags, really funny and unexpected twists and situations – that make it absolutely unique. Its creators take a scheme and turn it into something that engages, amuses, and entertains the viewers. It becomes possible because of all – well-written script and good acting. What’s the most important; the creators manage to avoid falling into the trap of cheesiness and embarrassment. Their movie is more funny than romantic and that’s its strongest point.

“Micky Blue Eyes”, above all, is a nice comedy with a good humour that loses neither tension nor comical potential. It looks like the initial idea of using and colliding stereotypes of British and Italian cultures resulted with never ending series of funny pictures and ridiculous dialogues. What’s also important – the creators of the movie took also of the second plan and create characters that not only blink for a few minutes and make you laugh and then forget reason of laughing, but stay in the memory for much longer. “Micky Blue Eyes” is made of very characteristic, strong figures and colourful, intense scene. Thanks to it, it’s easy to remember it as a romantic comedy that is very different to typical productions of its genre. It’s would be too much to say that this movie is legendary, but for sure it’s at least memorable.