|ROMANCING THE STONE (1984)|
Mary Ellen Trainor
|"What did you do, wake up this morning and say, "Today, I'm going to ruin a man's life"?"|
|Time: 105 mins.|
Academy Award nomination for Best Film Editing.
|CAPSULE REVIEW A romantic trifle that's still as sexy, outrageous and entertaining today as it was almost 20 years ago. Mostly because the film plays like a romance novel. It's a guilty pleasure filled with high adventure, wacky comedy and quirky, well-developed characters. Douglas is at his most charming as the adventurer who falls for Turner and her potential treasure. Turner is sexy, naive and enchanting as the romance novelist trapped in a real life adventure of her own. The plot has it's silly moments, but for the most part is a well-developed caper picture with the quest for a priceless emerald at its core. Turner's character is lured to Columbia by kidnappers who want to trade her sister for a treasure map. Her initial reaction is to play it safe, but after being chased halfway across the country, she agrees with Douglas to go after the gem and gain the upper hand. DeVito plays a scam artist hot on their trail, hoping to get his hands on either the jewel or the map. The film makers create a tongue-in-cheek mixture of action and romance, as well as sizzling chemistry between Douglas and Turner, that is pure movie magic. The exotic locations add flare, excitement and danger to the story. There's never any doubt how the film's going to end, but the road to the finish is filled with several surprises that make this experience a real cinema treat.|