1 hour, 50 minutes
R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
The Making of The Merry Gentleman; Theatrical trailer.
Michael Keaton ... Frank Logan
Kelly Macdonald ... Kate Frazier
Tom Bastounes ... Dave Murcheson
Bobby Cannavale ... Michael
|Michael Keaton ("Beetle Juice ") stars as Frank Logan, a loner with a hacking cough who just happens to be a hitman. He's also planning to commit
suicide. Then we meet Kate (Kelly Macdonald "No Country for Old Men) , a beautiful young woman who has her own problems, having moved to a new town for a fresh
start after being beaten one too many
times by her cop husband (Bobby Cannavale "Station Agent"). One night, as she leaves the office just before Christmas,
she spots a man on the roof across the street, about to jump. It's in her nature
to do something, and so she inadvertently manages to save Frank's life.
Although too far away to see who the jumper might be, she calls the police
to report it, and moves on. Frank, however, has gotten a good look at her,
and it isn't long before he engineers a meeting over a Christmas tree. They soon begin a most unlikely friendship. He manages to hide his line of work from
her, and she tells him little about her past. But he does learn that the cop (Tom Bastounes "The Opera Lover") that Kate met during the attempted suicide, is also interested in her.
Although the dialogue is sparse, the long silences speak
volumes. The emotions expressed in this film, most impressively directed by Michael Keaton, go far beyond the usual drama, touching on emotions much more unusual simple love and hate. Both Kelly Macdonald and Michael Keaton are excellent and Bobby Cannavale, as Kate's abusive husband is also memorable in one almost
unbearably tense scene. Despite the simplicity of the drama and its gradual unfolding, The Merry Gentleman manages to retain an
offbeat edge that keeps it from being predictable.