Stealing Your Attention.
Collinson’s hilarious heist neither takes its audience seriously nor its characters. Infamous concept of his that has driven many of the heist storytelling in future, his intake on brimming his characters and incidents with light humor that helps move the pace with a smoothness that echoes throughout the course of the film, is frankly impressive. Having said that, it doesn’t suggest that it is filmmaking at its peak, in fact the execution is too chalky and cheesy to pull off a decent conversation on screen. A conversation between Caine and Vallone that takes place in the middle of the tale, that is crafted out to ooze power and rage among these characters as they go head to head on screen, but unfortunately with corny camera work and questionable pauses, the entire sequence gets damp and soggy to hold on its own.
Overstuffed with multiple characters, Collinson is the apt puppeteer to handle them on screen with ease. Among many highly dosed action sequences with long car chase and the makers boasting off on a larger margin of the production value through projecting jarringly behemoth antics, the bickering among the troop denses the material. And as much as appreciative this hard work is, it also raises skepticism among the viewers. Caine as the finest schemer among his radar speaks and walks with a calculative panache that neither grows shallow nor cheap to be off putting.
With people pleasing one liners and cutthroat sarcasm, he stands along for his comical performance. Contrary to popular belief, amidst all the commercial hokum there lies an ironical and satirical layered concept left as a last knockout punch that undoubtedly comes as a surprise. Collinson’s world is broken and mended repetitively, in its own uproarious stage, The Italian Job is a job done with passion if not utter talent.