Mikey and Nicky

Mikey and Nicky ★★★½

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

As far as gangster films go, Mikey and Nicky is pretty great. My main issue is… I don’t like gangster films.

What Elaine May did here, though, was focus on the relationship between these two men and the effect of mob violence on it. I loved questioning whether Mikey was truly going to turn on his friend, whether they actually were friends, and questions like those. Interestingly, the scenes with the women were my absolute least favorite. Honestly, if I didn’t know this was directed by a man, I would have outright hated them. I just don’t understand why we need to see women degraded like this. It’s so unnecessary.

I also don’t know if I was really convinced of the break in the relationship between the two men. The monologue from Mikey at the end about feeling slighted felt unbelievable. If these men really had the type of childhood relationship that Nicky described, I wouldn’t buy Mikey playing a role in trying to get that very childhood friend killed. But that’s just me.