What a film! If you love Bukowski at all then Barfly is a must see. Semi-autobiographical in nature (but who knows, I think it's a little more than "semi"!), Mickey Rourke does such a fantastic job of bringing the Henry Chinaski character to life and making him a wonder to get to know. So poetic and philosophical in even his most everyday ramblings, always cool, and he's got a class and charisma that shines through no matter how grubby he might look on the outside.
Watching Henry Chinaski throughout brought me many moments of feeling camaraderie and relation. I saw myself in so many aspects of his personality. I just loved how awesome the character was overall. He was like a lowdown hero and he wasn't ashamed of snubbing his nose at society's expectations. A true free spirit, for better or for worse. I want to share a few choice lines of dialogue that come to my mind now but I will refrain because when I heard them for the first time I was just delighted and I don't want to take that away from you.
The acting in this film is just extraordinary. You can get lost in Henry's world and feel like you've got the best seat in the house.
Faye Dunaway was the rock in this film. Without a female counterpart Henry's life wouldn't have made quite as much sense. Faye plays Wanda with masterful poise. Unapologetic and realistic, although quite a pessimist much of the time. She also exuded class and a low-key sex appeal that battled with the dark side of her character sometimes.
I don't think I can say how much I love this film enough. It was a treat of the highest order for anyone who appreciates not only great acting, but unbelievably superb writing. Without Bukowski behind all this there's no way Barfly would be anywhere as awesome as it turned out to be. It's all in the writing!
This movie will be considered one of my very favourites. I highly recommend you sit down and take in this beautiful piece of filmmaking art.