Legends of the Fall Reviews
All of the characters in "Legends of the Fall" have their own separate personalities that can clash or come together at the drop of a hat. I could explain each of them, but that would give the movie away. Throughout the film, the different characters provide commentary about different events such as reading letters that are written, or telling personal thoughts.
"Legends of the Fall" won the 1994 Oscar for best cinematography in a motion picture, and it's true, this film does have spectacular scenery and landscapes, but that's the least that "Legends of the Fall" has to offer.
There are both good times and bad times in "Legends of the Fall." Overall, it's a fairly depressing movie, but that's just because it's a realistic film about how jealousy and bad times such as war ruled the world back in the early 1900's, and probably even more these days.
As I mentioned earlier, all of the main cast put out their absolute best effort in "Legends of the Fall." As always, I was the utmost impressed by Anthony Hopkins's performance. Brad Pitt, who was the main star in this film, puts out what is his best effort ever, in my opinion.
I can tell when a movie is one of my favorites of all time by how much I want to see it after I see it for the first time, and especially by how often I watch it after seeing it several times. "Legends of the Fall" is one of those movies that never has and never will get old to me.
No matter what kind of movie you like, even if you're not crazy about epics or dramas, give "Legends of the Fall" a chance. It just might become one of your favorite motion picture legends. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001. Indeed, Pitt's best, one of Hopkins's best, and one of my favorites.
A very touching and beautiful story about a family, brothers, and their journey.
Starring: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aldan Quinn, Julia Ormond, Henry Thomas.
This film frustrates me. The fact that it is this preachy melodrama wrapped up with some unnecessary cheese for the characters, but the fact that the film is also so gripping and thoughtful. I think the latter has made me a sucker.
The story follows Colonel Ludlow, who's wife moved apart from him, was left to raise his three sons away from the government, due to the disrespect of Native Indians that he had come to love. The brothers are like glue, until a young woman named Susanna enters their lives. Its sounds like a classic love story from a book...you could say that, seeing as it is based of a novel, but what is more gripping in the film is character. The screenplay has a sweeping epic feel, with some unnecessary cheese and plot points for characters that add a melodramatic feel to it all, but you can't help but me engrossed. Its a tale of brotherhood, betrayal, love and loss...and all the grief in between. The focus is more of Brad Pitt's character Tristan, who goes through the most changes throughout the film and its an interesting and sad journey through madness and sorrow. The acting is spectacular, as you would hope.
Brad Pitt's performance is purely emotional and deep, ranging through his different levels with skill. Aidan Quinn is not someone I really look forward to in films but he surprised me with his gripping performance, much like Brad Pitt, his range is stunning. Anthony Hopkins falls into his melodramatic character a bit too much and although his strong presence and performance is great for the first half, his change in character halfway through is...hammy.
Edward Zwicks direction is spectacular as always. Shared with some gorgeous cinematography along a brilliant and beautiful backdrop, his sweeping epic style gives the film more life.
I can't finish without mentioning James Horner's score. The fact that the Academy overlooked a nomination is appalling, especially when 3 of 5 that year deserved a spot. So rich is delivery and layered nicely, it's worth watching film for that alone.
Legends of the Fall is a frustrating, cheesy melodrama that works, thanks to some strong performances and an interesting character tale. A love/hate film that has won me over.