Published May 01, 2001Nice movies seem to be the hardest to critique. They're sort of like meringue - sweet and nice but nothing to it. And so I attempt to critique Jennifer Lopez's latest vehicle, "Angel Eyes," a story about a fellow who gets a second chance from the cop who saves his life.
Lopez plays Sharon Pogue, a single woman cop who saves the life of Catch, played by James Caviezel. He is an enigma she yearns to solve. As the movie progresses we learn more about both characters. A mix of melodrama and romance, "Angel Eyes" is a fine date film. Not too challenging, not at all offensive, and no wimpy female leads. Lopez seems to actually make an effort to act and look as though maybe she did a day or two of hanging with lady cops. She's not awful and they made some effort not to make her look too glamorous, as she did in "Out of Sight" with George Clooney. Lopez is almost believable. Caviezel makes an unconventional love interest for her. Certainly not rugged like Clooney or hunk o' the month like Matthew McConaughey ("The Wedding Planner"), Caviezel's Catch comes off like a modern Jimmy Stewart with his humble and quiet demeanor. A nice change.
The writing is passable. There were a couple of lovely monologues that were shot well and tugged nicely at the heartstrings. Aside from that, like Lopez's acting, the effort was made, but the dialogue still seemed strained. The pacing made up for this and you wanted to know more about the mysterious Catch. Pogue's story was rather flat, but Lopez was able to fill it out nicely to elicit a suitable amount of emotion.
Reconciliation with one's past appeared to be the running theme and ended the film nicely. A nice lemon meringue pie without the substance.