Picks and Pans Review: The Caveman's Valentine
Samuel L. Jackson, Colm Feore, Ann Magnuson, Aunjanue Ellis, Tamara Tunie
Romulus Ledbetter (Jackson) is one of the city's walking wounded. His hair and beard dirty and matted, he travels Manhattan's streets ranting to himself and at strangers. He hears threatening voices coming from the Chrysler Building. It wasn't always this way. A Juilliard-trained musician, he once shared a home with a wife and child. Now he is a diagnosed (though untreated) paranoid schizophrenic who dwells in a cave in a park. One winter morning he discovers a man's corpse frozen in a tree. The police rule the death an accident, but Ledbetter suspects murder and turns detective.
That's the intriguing setup of this above-average thriller directed with flair by Kasi Lemmons (Eve's Bayou), though much of its early promise is ultimately squandered by standard-whodunit plot mechanics. The real attraction here is the full-throttle performance by Jackson, who brings his heart and soul to Valentine. He embraces the complexities of Ledbetter, showing how even at his most debilitated, the character remains a man to be reckoned with. (R)
Bottom Line: A belated Valentine's Day gift
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