I don't know two other commentators, I actually liked it. Michael Caine and writer/director Mike Hodges did "Get Carter" together, a cult gangster film that also became a key text for Brit lad culture in the 90s. Few people seem to have watched their offbeat follow up, which stars Caine as sardonic pulp novelist (think Mickey Spillane) who is drafted to ghost write a book for an aging, vain actor (Mickey Rooney) living in the Mediterranean. Murders start to happen and a mystery emerges. It does oscillate between a crime film and a satire of a crime film, which may be off putting for viewers. Filmed in Malta, the setting is almost another character. I think you can see its influence on Jonathan Glazer's "Sexy Beast," another ironic noir. Oh, if Al Lettieri (Miller) looks familiar it's because Al Pacino shot him in the Italian restaurant in "The Godfather."
Most of you, especially kids/millennials, will find this boring.
I agree with the comment below by zentropasilaydyingbabel "It's ponderous", but had to view it since it stars Michael Caine. Good effort, but misses the mark.
Kind of strange to have an older Mickey Rooney as a mobster, but I guess it works.
The movie is slow, and the dialogue and plot, is exactly like a paperback pulp novel from the 1960's/early 1970's.
What I found amusing, is all throughout PULP, I kept trying to remember a TV show (either SCTV or SNL) that had a skit of impersonating Caine;
that still did not stop me from falling asleep sometimes.
If I were you, I wouldn't waste a hold on this one. It looks like the kind of film that actors hate being in, and it shows, on screen. It's ponderous, also. It exudes a bad feeling. I didn't like it at all.
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