Plot - Like every good drama based on a book, it's layered plot and character relationships are actually interesting.
Form - Action film zazz with barely any action, although it makes the actual transitions into violence less jarring.
F/X - Kim Bassinger doesn't look a million years old, which is probably a special effect in and of itself.
Acting - Everybody's good. I wish they would have picked somebody besides Danny DeVito.
Mise en scene - The '50s damn it. Good looking '50s at that.
Quotables - Probably, but I can't recall any goodies.
Cool stuff - Aside from what's already mentioned, no.