When Oliver Stone announced his latest project, "Corky Romano 3: The Search For Curly's Cock," my first reaction was, "Ugggh." But having seen the film twice, I'm
utterly convinced this is not your typical Hollywood schlock.
Kattan soars as Corky Romano, a bumbling veterinarian-turned-FBI-Agent
who has been completely re-imagined in this poignant slice of life.
Romano is plagued by psychological turmoil throughout a slow-building
screenplay clocking in at just under three hours that reaches a
crescendo when Romano's estranged son (David Lee Roth) must make an
important political decision that could affect U.S. ties with Normandy
and parts of Southern England.
Unlike Stone's previous film, "Passion of The Christ 2: The Search For Curly's Cock," Stone avoids hammy sound effects and cheap scares. In that film, the
audience found itself divided, half rooting for The Christ, the other
half for Sensai McGarnickle. But in this film there is no discernible
conflict, and consequently no real winner.
took several years to plan this project and the preliminary work is
obvious. The soundscapes are lush with orchestral sweeps, and the
cinematography is warm and sympathetic, capturing the subtleties in
Kattan's ever-evolving skill set. Several passages in Stone's 2002
autobiography ("Oliver Stone: The Search For Curly's Cock")
suggest a fascination with the Corky Romano character, and it is
interesting to trace the similarities between Romano's life and the
film makers have plowed such distinctive furrows as Stone, and his
reputation as a creative force whose work transcends the medium remains
unchallenged. Highly recommended.