The Two Jakes (1990)

Jack Nicholson directs himself, Harvey Keitel and Meg Tilly in this belated sequel to Chinatown.

There is lots of lazy filmmaking and storytelling that holds this back. It was never going to be Chinatown but does it have to be so random, scribbled. Meg Tilly and Madeline Stowe do a lot with a little as the femme fatales. Probably no surprise that the best scenes are Jack lazily seducing them or vice versa. Everything else is pretty basic, often feeling like not enough takes or coverage were shot on location for this find any kinda form in the edit suite. Not unwatchable but a sheer plummet in terms of quality compared to the original.


Perfect Double Bill: Chinatown (1974)

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