HollywoodChicago.com RSS   Facebook   HollywoodChicago.com on Twitter   Free Giveaway E-mail   

Film Review: Dennis Farina is Absolved in ‘The Last Rites of Joe May’

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly versionE-mail page to friendE-mail page to friendPDF versionPDF version
No votes yet

CHICAGO – The Chicago born-and-bred actor Dennis Farina has had many opportunities in his career to distinguish himself in a variety of roles, but never has he carried a film as well as his turn in the recent “The Last Rites of Joe May.” Farina imbues the title character with raw emotion, feral toughness and a touch of fear.

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 3.5/5.0
Rating: 3.5/5.0

What is distinctive about Joe May is that he is cut off from the world temporarily, and when he returns nobody misses him. To have lived with no connections of family, friends or colleagues is an intriguing notion to begin a story, and writer/director Joe Maggio puts the title protangonist through a road-to-Mount-Calvary situation that has the nobility of the King of Kings. This film is an exceptional character study, with the supporting cast providing a treasure trove of their own quirks, that Farina plays off on like a fine musical instrument.

Joe May (Dennis Farina) is a small-time Chicago hustler who is discharged from the County Hospital after a seven week struggle with pneumonia. When he emerges into the brutal Chicago winter, he finds that most of his contacts thought he had died. Even his landlord had shut him out, canceling the lease on his apartment and selling all his furniture. Joe discovers this when he finds the new tenant, Jenny Rapp (Jamie Anne Allman), taking a shower. She has a daughter Angela (Meredith Droeger) and no intention of leaving the apartment. Joe May is now homeless.

Trying to figure out what to do, Joe walks the neighborhood streets of Chicago in a thin coat against the cold winter. Jenny and her daughter see him on those streets, and take him back to the apartment, and they agree on an arrangement so he can stay there. This angers Jenny’s boyfriend, a police officer named Stanley (Ian Barford). and the physically abusive relationship becomes more apparent. Joe had ingratiated himself with the child Angela, and becomes somewhat of a protector in his new situation. But with no money, prospects or friends, this last rite of Joe May will be his greatest life challenge.

StarContinue reading for Patrick McDonald’s full review of “The Last Rites of Joe May”

In Cold Chicago: Dennis Farina (Joe), Meredith Droeger (Angela) and Jamie Anne Allman (Jenny) in ‘The Last Rites of Joe May’
Dennis Farina (Joe), Meredith Droeger (Angela) and Jamie Anne Allman (Jenny) in ‘The Last Rites of Joe May’
Photo credit: Tribeca Films

StarContinue reading for Patrick McDonald’s full review of “The Last Rites of Joe May”

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.

Hot stories on the Web


User Login

Free Giveaway Mailing

TV, DVD, BLU-RAY & THEATER REVIEWS

  • Emmy Awards, Bryan Cranston

    LOS ANGELES – It was one more lap around the victory track for the AMC-TV show ‘Breakling Bad,’ as the gritty drama about a teacher turned meth dealer took home six Primetime Emmy Awards at the 66th ceremony on August 25th. ‘Modern Family’ took home the statue for Outstanding Comedy Series for a a fifth straight year.

  • Knick, The

    CHICAGO – Cinemax’s ominous new series “The Knick” is a hospital drama that’s very much in the voice of its director, Steven Soderbergh. Set in New York City at the turn of the 20th century, the series presents the medical world as it inches closer and closer to modernity, while making contemporary parallels to the desperate hustle by surgery room clients and their doctors alike regarding treatment of the human body. What has changed in the politics of medicine? What hasn’t?

Advertisement


HollywoodChicago.com on Twitter

archive

HollywoodChicago.com Top Ten Discussions
tracker