Recently I was scolded not having already watched and loved Scent of a Woman by some friends, so I watched it. Probably the last person to watch it who claims to love movies as art.
The movie’s plot in short: Charles Sims (Chris O’Donnell), a senior on scholarship who wants to continue his education at Harvard University, takes up a job of looking after and tending to a old, retired, blind army Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade (Al Pacino) during a Thanksgiving week-end to collect some plane fair to fly back to Oregon for Christmas. But the Colonel turns out to be a lot more than just a retired, old man and during that week-end the passionate, inspiring Frank teaches Charles a lot of things - things that you won’t learn in schools, things that only a man or a father can teach - in New-York.
It’s always a pleasure to watch Al Pacino in his signature macho role with his charismatic character and pulling it off. Playing a blind character, having that empty eyes look, expressing the appropriate emotions on his face without his eyes but with his wrinkles must have required a lot of talent and probably good consultancy from the director. No comment on the character development, but a c’est magnifiques. Same goes for Chris O’Donnell. He made a stunning portrayal of a high school student who is smart but among those who are out of his circle and in a hard situation.
Personally, I loved the character of Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade. Him being this smooth-talking, charismatic yet handsome man who praises women in a unique sense that makes one fall (I’ll admit, I loved it), until I discovered the character’s intention. Surely there was the twist, but still I’d like the unrealistic idea. (can’t give any spoilers, if you haven’t already watched it) So here the character of Charles Sims comes in - the life-changing, young mind who has his whole future ahead of him who needs some encouragement and some pushes.
The greatest scenes: (1) The tango scene, (2) the Ferrari scene and of course (3) the disciplinary scene.
Underline: Lieut. Col. Slade is just a retired old man who makes fun with the 5-year-olds… How great was that last part.