INTO THE NIGHT REVIEWED
“Into the Night” was always the John Landis movie I skipped. I say this, as someone who saw “The Stupids” during its short theatrical release. Somewhere between rediscovering “After Hours” about a decade ago, I started revisiting this movie. For an early Goldblum leading role, the film is never quite sure what to do with him. Is the movie supposed to be Michelle Pfeiffer’s vehicle? The movie plays as an action comedy and HEY! Is John Landis playing a Middle Eastern villain?
The film is overloaded, as you have Bowie playing a hitman and then the 100 director cameos to deal with in typical Landis fashion. Plus, Pfeiffer’s purpose takes an hour to unfold. It hurts her arc as Diana, since the audience gets to identify with Goldblum within his first minute of screen time. Playing like a night time fantasy smashing through locations without urgency, this might be the most laid-back Landis film in the 1980s.
While it marks a change in the director’s style, I can’t say he nailed down everything he wanted to do. Thankfully, the impressive cast is more than willing to pick up the slack. If you haven’t watched the movie recently, pick it up.
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD MONO