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Personally, I did not made up my mind about this film the moment when the lights came on at the end of the film. As I write, I can't even decide on a grade or a rating.
To me, the movie was great until about the final scene or so. That tends to be a popular observation around here in this forum. Where I differ from many who are all bitchy about the ending, I haven't deemed the ending 'bad' as many have.
It's too easy to just call it "horrible" and feel like the whole movie was a big waste because of it. I didn't start booing as other audience members did. Even though I didn't understand the point, I figured that there was a point to why they ended the film as they did and when they did. While there probably was one, I feel that it's a hard ending to digest while sitting in the theater and watching the credits start to roll when you weren't expecting them for at least another scene or more.
I really enjoyed this film up until that particular scene. The acting was top-notch and the character development was great.
Pardon me for not having the character's name on hand, but the main bad guy was one of the best I have ever seen in a film. He reminded me of Dracula in a way. There is nothing redeemable about his actions, yet he is magnetic and wholly intriguing. You want to understand him, but you can't. When he enters a scene, he owns it. You fear what he will do, but you can't wait to see him do it. You want to almost like him, but you can't -- yet you do in the way that you love the many great villains in the history of cinema.
I will continue to read about this film to understand it better. It may help me firm up my feelings about "No Country". Eventually, I will get a chance to watch it again on DVD and I will have a more keen ear towards every line of dialog in this film.
This movie is way too good to be disliked because of its ending.
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I've been incredibly underwhelmed with the offerings in 2007 so far, but there has been better fare over the last few months to help save 2007 from being a complete disaster. Even though it's a little early, here's my Top 10 so far...
Christian Bale shines in 3:10 to Yuma
1. Rendition - I feel that many of the critics were wrong (sans Ebert) about this movie, but we all have our own opinions. I was really impressed with the acting -- especially with the lesser known cast. The story was realistic, but admittedly controversial. Quite a thought-provoking resolution. (A)
2. 3:10 To Yuma - I don't like Westerns or Russell Crowe, but this film was so good that it didn't matter. (A-)
3. In The Valley of Elah - Tommy Lee Jones just carries this film on his back. Just a really powerful movie. Some people will mistake it with being an anti-war film, but it's much more about how our soldiers -- real human beings -- are asked to fight a war, see unspeakable things and then be expected to come home and be 'normal' again. Not so easy. (A-)
4. Breach - Entertainment-wise, this is my favorite film of the year. I enjoy the entire ride this film takes you on. Even though you know the end result before it starts, it's still manages to keep you uncomfortable and on-edge. (A-)
5. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End - I enjoyed this film a lot more than the one before it. The last film was a drawn-out setup for this film which had most of the important content. It had some silly parts, but most of it was forgivable since it was a satisfying film overall. (B+)
6. Transformers - This was just a film that was purely entertaining. The final battle was some of the most impressive CGI I have ever seen. This should have premiered on IMAX instead of being a last-ditch effort to make us see it again. (B+)
7. Superbad - This might have been the only movie where I had really high expectations for it and it still met them. Easily the best comedy of the year and probably my favorite since "Wedding Crashers". (B+)
8. Lars and the Real Girl - What a unique story: A guy who falls in love with a sex doll. Not the laugh out-loud comedy you'd expect, but it's good all-the-same. It definitely gets bonus points for originality. (B+)
9. Sunshine - I'm not so sure about the way it ends, but other than that, this was a really good film. I enjoyed the unique concept of it all and the cast was a solid bunch. (B+)
10. Disturbia - I admit it; I thought this movie was gonna suck. My expectations were low going in and it wound up exceeding them by a mile. I don't care that it's a "Rear Window" ripoff. I see it more as a modern-day tribute. (B)
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