In 1988, Mike Figgis (Internal Affairs, Leaving Las Vegas) made his feature directorial debut with Stormy Monday, a taut, noir-influenced gangster movie that drew on his key formative influences, including his youth in the Newcastle of the late '50s and early '60s, and the city's vibrant jazz scene.
It also drew heavily on the then popular Miami Vice. Its a very 80s take on a classic noir movie and it all fits together in a perfectly executed darkness.
Featuring a pre-Fugitive Tommy Lee Jones, a pre-Working Girl Melanie Griffith, a post-Police Sting and a baby faced Sean Bean, Stormy Monday is the story of Brendan, a young loafer taken under the wing of jazz club owner Finney, who's under pressure from American mobster Cosmo to sell up in exchange for a cut of a local land development deal. Brendan just wants to earn an honest crust, but his burgeoning relationship with Cosmo's ex-lover Kate threatens to drag him into the middle of the impending showdown.
I'd never seen Stormy Monday, but I'm glad I have now. Starring a strong cast of journeymen actors on the cusp of superstardom, Stormy Monday delivers in every way. It's definitely a movie you want to see if you're a fan of the genre. Its a stylish steamy modern noir that will keep you guessing right up until the end.
I've always heard that Sting was the reference for John Constantine. I think Alan Moore must have had this movie in mind. There is a scene between Sting and Jones that looks like it was drawn straight from a Hellblazer comic
If double crosses, femme fatales and dirty deeds are your cup of tea, give Stormy Monday a look. I think you'll be glad you did.
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