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The Mighty Quinn (1989): " You ain't seen nothing like the mighty Quinn "

genre: thriller,crime




The Mighty Quinn is not a superhero movie. It's a reference to a song (Quinn the Eskimi, Mighty Quinn) written by Bob Dylan in 1967. He himself admits he imagined the character in the song to be like Xavier Quinn (Denzel Washington). Xavier Quinn is the chief of police trying to do his job. But certain elements on the Island like James Fox and the Governor (Norman Beaton known from tv show Desmond's) are constantly in his way for various reasons. He feels very unappreciated and doesn't understand why his criminal friend Maubee is perceived a hero. When people sing The Mighty Quinn he is under the impression they are mocking him. But later he realizes they do appreciate him and actually are showing him respect by singing the song so passionately. At least that is how I interpreted it. It could very well be that the scene I am talking about has no significance at all. But it is one of the best scenes in the movie. Next to other scenes where people sing. These scenes do show a little of how the culture is on Jamaica. As for the plot itself there isn't much to it. For a thriller it lacks tension and thrills. The so called mystery is more present to tie the events and characters together. But that is about it. I think this is one of those movies that actually requires the viewer to be laid back as the people are in the movie. Zipping a cocktail on a hammock or something similar.  Not bad, but nothing that particularly stands out for me to recommend other than the music. 



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