The attempt to come up with a stylish British film noir in the vein of Mona Lisa comes a cropper in Stormy Monday. Debut theatrical pic for Mike Figgis is all visual flash and no script, with comatose performances to boot.
Melanie Griffith toplines as a sort of B-girl working for US gangster/real estate magnate Tommy Lee Jones. Jones is in Newcastle to run an American Week promotion to boost US/UK business development, and also is trying to run Sting out of business, operating a local jazz club.
Griffith soon becomes involved romantically with a handsome Irish lad (Sean Bean) who is doing odd jobs at Sting’s club. Plot unfolds as a string of ridiculous coincidences, set in motion when Bean at lunch overhears two of Jones’ hitmen plotting to do in Sting.
Jones walks through his idiotic role with barely hidden embarrassment. Griffith hasn’t missed many meals, sporting an unbecoming figure resembling latter-day Anita Ekberg.