Travolta has some good moments. About one hour into the action, Ray studies the extraordinary work and unique style of French Impressionist Claude Monet so that he can forge a classic Monet painting on display in Boston. A friend of mine viewed a Monet in a Paris museum. He told me that no photos were allowed to be taken of it and the atmosphere in the room in which the Monet hung was very reverential. He himself was in awe of Monet's genius. He said, "It was like he deconstructed light." John Travolta was quite good as Ray trying to enter the mind and soul of Monet in order to capture and copy his painting style. Ray's forgery is exceptional. But if Ray's art forgery is known to be so exceptional, why did he hang with those low-level crooks? Earlier in his life, why didn't he take his skills and upgrade his life doing artwork for a Boston ad agency, a noted area theatre company or a magazine? I wonder if the screenwriter thought about that.
That sequence tickled me a bit. Christopher Plummer, cool dude that he is, turned 85 last year. For the late night art heist scenes in the art museum, he's dressed all in black like he's in Ocean's Eleven. Who brings an 80-something guy along to be part of a complicated art heist in a huge museum late at night? Find a Monet? Yeah, but first let him find a men's room so he can urinate frequently. He's 80-something, for goodness sake! And what if security guards enter and they have to run? Heck, I'm surprised Granddad could even stay awake after 10pm to pull off that art museum job.
Here's a trailer from The Forger starring John Travolta and Christopher Plummer.
If you want to see one of the rare movies in which John Travolta plays a cop on a case, I've got a DVD rental tip for you. He made a crime drama based on true life, notorious murder case. The film was never released nationally. I don't know what happened. It was made and screened at one arthouse movie theater in New York City for a week or two. Travolta starred as a New York detective in the 1950s and his partner was played by James Gandolfini during his years of fame on The Sopranos.