We all could use a little good news these days. Here’s some exceptionally good news for me: Jack Nicholson has decided to return to the big screen, after an absence of seven years (!), to star in a remake of the German film Toni Erdmann.
I haven’t seen Toni Erdmann — it hasn’t made its way to Columbus yet — but I’ve seen the previews and read about it. Nicholson seems well-suited to playing the part of the daffy Dad who intrudes upon his daughter’s life. But really . . . I think I’d watch Jack Nicholson in just about anything. He’s been a huge personal favorite since I first saw him, way back when, in Easy Rider and Five Easy Pieces. And while he’s made some clinkers along the way, he’s been brilliant in so many movies — One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Chinatown, Terms of Endearment, As Good As It Gets, A Few Good Men, About Schmidt, and the list goes on and on — I think he’s clearly the best actor of our time, and certainly one of the top five in history. Hell, he even made Batman a lot more interesting.
Whenever somebody comes back to work after a long absence, you always wonder whether they’ll be at the top of their game, or whether they’ll be resting on their laurels. With Nicholson, coming back after such a long absence, I don’t think that will be a problem. He’s always good, and I suspect he’s want this film to really be special.