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“You Can’t Have A Kansas City Shuffle Without a Body.”

17 Jun

Back in 2006, Lucky Number Slevin earned itself a solid spot in my Top Ten. Quite possibly Top Five… I really should write down a definite list one day.

From the dream team (which in my case is director/editor) that brought us Gangster No.1, Wicker Park and The Reckoning – though to be 100% honest, I have only seen Gangster No.1, but I will rectify this very soon – and writer Jason Smilovic comes a stylistic, entertaining crime film. Now, I have always felt this film was poorly marketed, and I stand by that to this day. IMDb labels it Crime, Drama, Mysetery. Wikipedia calls it a Crime Thriller. Rotten Tomatoes the Mystery & Suspense, Drama route. Is everybody forgetting how funny this movie is?

To me this movie is a dark comedy packed with action, excessive, yet stylized violence and plot twists. Crime movie? Yes. Rival Mob bosses with vendettas. Multiple murders. Gambling and dead bookies. Crime is covered. Thriller? Maybe. It does get your heart pumping from time to time, but a quick Google search for “thriller movies” brings up examples to which Slevin just doesn’t compare. Drama? Not quite. Mystery? I usually expect a P.I. in a mystery. A little dash of Sam Spade, from time to time. Not here.

I’m gonna stick with Action, Comedy.

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