Sunday, April 18, 2010
A small jewel buried beneath the blockbusters and spring rejects, "City Island" will amuse you and warm your heart. It's the story of the Rizzo family, born and raised for generations on City Island, a small piece of real estate located on Long Island sound, a stone's throw from the Bronx, New York.
The cast could not be more perfect. Andy Garcia is Vince Rizzo and Julianna Margulies is Joyce, his wife of 20 years. They have a daughter, Vivian and a son, Vinnie and they are a loving but dysfunctional family, each hiding their own secrets. This is one of the best characters Andy Garcia has ever played. He shows a flair for comedy you don't often see and he is so natural in the role, you believe completely in the character. Ms. Margulies matches him scene for scene and easily balances the many sides of Joyce. The film also features Emily Mortimer and Alan Arkin in smaller but pivitol roles.
When a new character is introduced, secrets begin to unravel and family chaos reigns. To tell more would spoil the fun but I'm sure you'll have an enjoyable time visiting City Island and leave the theater smiling.