Posted on 10/28/10 12:28 AM
Brothers is the story of a war hero (Tobey McGuire sans Spiderman suit) who is reported killed overseas after a helicopter crash. His brother,Jake Gyllenhaal,has just gotten out of prison. Gyllenhaal's character is disrespected by his father (whom is also a war hero). Gyllenhaal semi-reluctantly begins to care for the wife (Natalie Portman) and kids of the deceased McGuire. As time passes,Portman begins to have feelings for Gyllenhaal-right as McGuire is saved from the man-made Iraqi prison he's been held in. He returns but suspects something deeper of his brother's and wife's relationship.That,coupled with traumatic flashbacks of an unspeakable act he had to commit during war,lead McGuire to snap in a truly dramatic scene that leads to him being in prison. The movie ends *spoiler tag* with McGuire in prison,but in realization that his wife still loves him,not his brother.
A powerful movie,certainly,but not without a slow pace and unsatisfying performances from two of the leads. Gyllenhaal and Portman certainly could've been better (two of my favorite actors,very disappointing for me). McGuire was brilliant,and is deservedly nominated for a Golden Globe. His scene where he snaps will make you cringe,he's so good. The problem is,by that point the movie has become too dramatic,to the point where the viewer just wants it to end. It gets too full of itself. Lighter moments would've benefited the film,but none show up. The relationship between Portman and Gyllenhaal should've been analyzed much more than it was.
Overall,it's a good movie to rent. Very powerful,very intense,but slow and cliched. McGuire might pick up the Golden Globe,but there is no other reason to run to the theaters to see it. I'm getting of typing 'Gyllenhaal' so I'll leave it at that.