‘The Devil’s Advocate’
News is that Al Pacino can no longer remember his lines when on stage, forcing the legend to peek at lines displayed from the wings. (Eerily, he played an actor who couldn’t get through more than a few words of “King Lear” in this year’s “The Humbling.”) At least on film he doesn’t have to remember entire texts at a time. The shoutiest, most over-the-top parts of 1997’s “The Devil’s Advocate” have Pacino using all his energy in bursts, shouting and screaming and quipping as the head of a powerful law firm who’s also the devil, probably. He’s the opposite of a sleepy Keanu Reeves, as a good ol’ country lawyer bewitched into his firm. Though perhaps more magnetic than Pacino is Charlize Theron, as Reeves’ wife, who delivers an achingly sincere portrait of a woman slowly unraveling. It’s a ridiculous movie writ large, but when she’s onscreen she brings it down to earth.