#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Mr Nice is the true life story of Howard Marks who was born into a coal mining family in South Wales in 1940’s and then made it to Oxford University to study nuclear physics during the swinging sixties. With the help of fellow students, Marks built a worldwide marijuana smuggling network which became responsible for the majority of the drug smoked in the Western world during the 1970s and 1980s. Marks’ adventures led him to have dealings with the CIA, PLO, IRA and the Mafia and he even became an MI6 agent himself for a period. Howard Marks is played by the brilliant Rhys Ivans, who won much acclaim for his portrayal of the folk hero.
Plot: Biopic about 1970s Welsh marijuana trafficker Howard Marks, whose inventive smuggling schemes made him a huge success in the drug trade, as well as leading to dealings with both the IRA and British Intelligence. Based on Marks’ biography with the same title.
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My 358th Review: Given the material this is not up to par
Howard Marks’ biography remains one of the more fascinating and erudite, and just plain gobsmaking pieces of the past 20 years. He captured the zeitgeist and his book is full of bathos, bravado, and even some pathos.
The film does not capture this well. Shot in a very linear fashion we get a A-Z account of the life, but it suffers from that film biography sickness of making the events govern – and though we get those events quite frankly it gets pretty dull pretty quickly.
Given the talent here they should have gone for laughs, and though there are some, they are few and far between. What we have ended up with is a mediocre drama about the relationship between the IRA and a drug dealer – and honestly, even though it is viewable, it’s not exactly brilliant.
If drugs are your thing I guess you may enjoy it. I was hoping for something less brash, less linear, and just more. The fault lies mainly in the script, the script is just not picking the superb moments that would have lifted this to another level, and is way too “and then this happens.”
Given the material this could have been an excellent film, it’s just OK.
Perfectly watchable biopic of the drug smuggler extraordinaire Howard Marks; a little overblown and unbelievable in parts.
Director Bernard Rose likes to work his way around an eclectic variety of genres (his earlier credits range from horror titles like Candyman to lavish period costumers like Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina). Here, he turns his hand to a fact-based biopic charting the rise and fall of one of the world’s biggest drug smugglers, Howard Marks (a.k.a. Mr Nice). It’s basically an Anglicized version of movies like Scarface and Blow. There’s a lot in the film that is very enjoyable and good-humoured, and Ifans makes a roguishly likable leading character, but it also has its share of problems. One of the main weaknesses is that the film idolises Marks slightly too much (it is, after all, based on his own autobiography) and the result is a film which lacks a balanced perspective. Even when we see Marks at his lowest ebb – incarcerated in an American jail, health deteriorating, family barely allowed to visit, abandoned by all his “friends” – there’s still an uncomfortable sense that the film wants us to be in adoration of Marks and everything he stands for.
Brought up in a small close-knit Welsh community, Howard Marks (Rhys Ifans) breaks the mould when he makes it into Oxford University. Soon, the naïve young Welshman discovers the allure of sex and drugs and it changes his life forever. After qualifying as a teacher, Marks’s association with the whole culture of drugs refuses to fade away. Soon he is running drugs across the border as a little enterprise on the side and discovers just how easy – and profitable – drug smuggling can be. With his long-suffering wife Judy (Chloe Sevigny) along for the ride, Marks rises to notoriety and extraordinary wealth in the world of drug trafficking. He even forges an alliance with Jim McCann (David Thewlis) of the terrorist organisation the IRA to help him get the merchandise into the country. But nothing lasts forever, and Marks’s eventual fall is as devastating as it is inevitable
There’s nothing in Mr Nice that we haven’t seen before but it does its thing with a confident verve that makes the film consistently absorbing viewing. Ifans gets perhaps the strongest role of his career to date, and doesn’t disappoint! His resemblance to the real Marks is pretty striking, and he makes the character totally likable and charming in spite of his flaws. Even the voice-over – so often a dull and clichéd movie-making technique – is lent a degree of wit and world-weariness by Ifans. Surprisingly the weak link in the acting department is the usually-reliable Thewlis, whose IRA terrorist McCann is portrayed as a farcical comedy character and doesn’t fit believably into the film. As already noted the film tells Marks’s story with the utmost sympathy and support for the man himself, which raises certain issues that are not satisfactorily explored. Is a life of wealth really so glamorous when it is spent on the run? Are the cops really as dumb as portrayed in this film? Can people involved in the drug trade truly be likable and roguish as portrayed here? On the whole, Mr. Nice is a totally watchable, fast-moving, nostalgic blast – but does the audience come away believing they have seen the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? I don’t think so.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 1 min (121 min)
Genre Biography, Comedy, Crime
Director Bernard Rose
Writer Bernard Rose, Howard Marks
Actors Rhys Ifans, Chloë Sevigny, David Thewlis
Country United Kingdom, Spain
Awards 2 wins
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arricam LT, Cooke S4 and Angenieux Optimo Lenses, Arricam ST, Cooke S4 and Angenieux Optimo Lenses
Laboratory Kodak Cinelabs, Alicante, Spain (laboratory services: Spain), LipSync Post, London, UK (digital intermediate), Soho Film Lab, London, UK (laboratory services: UK)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision2 50D 5201, Vision2 500T 5260)
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format N/A