DATELINE: Pacino & De Niro as Cop Team
Al Pacino and Robert De Niro have made several movies together. We were surprised by the 2008 entry called Righteous Kill from 2008. When this is all we will ever receive from the two legends in tandem, we take it gladly ten years later.
You have a special treat with this movie. The two legendary actors play New York detective partners. They must’ve flipped a coin to see who got which role. We suspect they have equal numbers of scenes, but play off each other quite well. Nothing less could be expected.
Their Lieutenant played by Brian Dennehy, notes that they must have about 120 years experience between them. Yes, they seem a little long in the tooth and beyond retirement age. This is especially noticeable in De Niro’s love scenes to a girl more than half his age.
Their foil cop detectives are played by John Leguizamo and Donnie Wahlberg, more age-appropriate detectives. They play mincemeat for laughs to the stars. Pacino calls them gay Starsky and Hutch.
There are many 60s and 70s references in this movie, like it should’ve been made 25 years earlier.
However, the stars will not disappoint their fans. Short of them playing mobsters, these roles are the best they probably could find in a script together.
The mystery about the serial killer may easily be figured out, But the fun is watching Pacino and De Niro act up a storm.
Righteous kill pushes all the right buttons. It is formulaic, yes, but De Niro and Pacino transcend.
To prove we watched every minute including the credits, we can tell you that Pacino and De Niro each has a hairdresser; each has his own make up artist; each needs a personal Stand-in, and each has a personal driver, But Pacino has two personal assistants to De Niro’s one.
The movie is a game of one upsmanship.