Entertainment behind the scenes
Robert De Niro, Al Pacino together again … So?
Hollywood heavyweights Robert De Niro and Al Pacino reunited on the red carpet in New York Wednesday night for the premiere of their new crime thriller “Righteous Kill” — their first film together since making 1995′s “Heat.”
The movie also stars Curtis Jackson, a.k.a. 50 Cent, and Donnie Walhberg, whose album with reunited boy band New Kids On The Block debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 charts this week. Likewise, De Niro and Pacino will hope to turn in a good number at weekend box offices.
While the stars celebrated after the premiere at a swank party at New York City’s Terminal 5 venue, they may not be smiling now. Many early reviews of the film, which stars De Niro, 65, and Pacino, 68, as two detectives on the trail of a serial killer and opens in theaters on Friday, have not been kind.
Alonso Duralde, MSNBC film critic, wrote “the movie is so dreadfully by-the-numbers and predictable that comparing it to a TV cop show would be an insult to TV cop shows” and that De Niro and Pacino are “ridiculously overqualified” for it.
Peter Travers, of Rolling Stone magazine, wrote “Righteous Kill, a.k.a. The Al and Bob Show, is a cop flick with all the drama of Law and Order: AARP (American Association of Retired Persons).”
“Righteous Kill” is backed by a large promotional campaign featuring the Pacino and De Niro pairing. They are, after all, two of their generation’s best dramatic actors, but that in fact could be the movies’ biggest problem at box offices.
In large part, avid moviegoers are teenage boys and young men, which is one reason comic book flicks like “Iron Man” and “The Dark Knight” earn big box office bucks. Those hardcore movie fans may not even know — or care — why De Niro and Pacino are important in Hollywood. (the “Godfather” movies, “Dog Day Afternoon”, “Taxi Driver”, “Raging Bull”)
So one wonders, will avid moviegoers turn out for two senior citizen actors paired together? Will everday fans? Will you? Sunday’s weekend box office estimates will tell.