Reviewed by: Todd Adams
Don’t go see “The Thomas Crown Affair” for the James Bond / mystery combination the previews alluded to. The theater I was in was filled with teens probably expecting just that. “The Thomas Crown Affair”, in actuality, is a steamy romance set in a slower moving suspense/drama context.
Pierce Bosnan plays Thomas Crown: the man with too much money, a need for excitement, and a fear of vulnerability in relationships with women. Enter Rene Russo as Catherine Banning: the top level insurance investigator delving into a $100 million art theft and finding a lot more than she expects. This is a movie which puts pieces together one by one with a plot twist at each corner in the story.
The plot keeps the viewer waiting for answers to the very end, the acting is fine, and the soundtrack is very well done. But be warned: steamy gratuitous sex scenes glorify sex before marriage and, in my view, really bring this movie into question. Aside from these scenes and one scene of nudity, I could have given this movie a Moral Rating of 3. As it is, this is an R-rated romance. I was left with a sense that a passionate romance with passionate sex will all wonderfully work out in the end without any consequences: quite absurd. Please don’t believe this film’s endorsement of immorality without consequences.
Year of Release—1999