City Island: DVD Review
Released by Madman
City Island sees the welcome return of Andy Garcia to the big screen.
He's Vincent Rizzo, a corrections officer and the
head of the Rizzo family who live in City Island just over from New York's Bronx
Married to his beautiful wife Joyce
(ER's Margulies) and with two kids, the Rizzos are dysfunctional in the extreme.
One day at work, Vince finds out one of the
inmates is his son Tony from a previous relationship - and upon learning of
Tony's mother's death, and without telling him why, Vince brings Tony back to
the Rizzo home.
But this generous action serves
only as a catalyst to bring the carefully spun web of lies crashing down.
City Island is a delightful treat - primarily because
of Garcia. He's so solid in everything he does that when he gets a chance to
lead a film you almost forget what a wonderful character actor he is. As the
head of the household, he personifies charm and despite the melodramatic nature
of the plot, he keeps it all together.
Julianna Margulies, this film has a wonderful cast - including Alan Arkin as
Vince's acting class teacher - and a script which is grounded in a degree of
reality. It's also a lot funnier than expected.
Extras: Commentary, mini featurette and deleted
scenes - a reasonable offering