Posted on 12/20/10 06:38 PM
Wow, what a fantastic movie. From Franco, to the cinematography and everything else, this is one of my favorite movies of the year. You've probably already read about how good the film is, so if you don't want to hear how good it is from my perspective then stop reading. If you want to know how good it is again, read on please.
So this movie is the story of Aron Ralston, and how his right hand got trapped under an 800 pound boulder and how he escaped This being based on a true story I didn't excpect much but bcause this is Danny Boyle we're talking about I knew it would be great. I also read the book ('Between A Rock and a Hard Place'), and reading it before hand I knew really well what happened exactly because the book is actually written by Ralston. So knowing what happens *exactly*, I was really glad to see that Boyle actually understood what happened and did his best to follow the events that occured. If you want to know, the book is a great read and really inspiring, exactly like the film.
Boyle could not have chosen a better person to portray Ralston than James Franco. I've always liked Franco as an actor, he was great in all three Spider Man movies and actually the best part in the flop Flyboys. You can tell he really tried and practised for the role because he portrayed Ralston exactly how I imagined him from the book. Franco seizes every part of the movie (and not just because for 4.75/5 of the film is him) and and really shows us what would actually happen. He really shows us every type of emotion you can feel while trapped in a situation like this.
While Franco really is the only person in most of the movie, Boyle uses music as another kind of emotion. From that inspiring music in that gruesome arm-cutting-off scene to the music in the start of the film I don't think Boyle could've chosen a better soundtrack. Also, AR Rahman (or whatever, I forgot his damn name), being the one who scored Slumdog Millionaire scores the other part of the film that isn't a soundtrack, and, as always, doesn't dissapoint. Also, the cinematography in the film is stunning. (Even though I'm not sure this counts), the split screen at the start of the movie is fantastic and well used. Also, when Aron is pinned between the rock (which is about, again, 4.75/ of the movie), the shooting of those rock parts where we're having extreme close ups of Franco's face are stunning. And when cinematographers Dod Mantle and Enrique Chediak are showing semi-digitalized close ups of the water in Franco's water bottle and the pee (which yes, he drinks) are done perfectly.
I'm going to go out and say that this is Danny Boyles best film, even better than one of my personal favorites, Slumdog Millionaire, and also one of the best of the year. With a brilliant and absorbing preformance by James Franco, a perfect soundtrack and score, beautifully done cinematography and fantastic writing, 127 Hours is the best film of the year. Oh, and by the way, people who are grossed out by gruesome scenes or some who may be even tolerant of them should close their eyes when the part comes when Franco must cut off his arm. Let's just say that I like gory movies but I felt just a little queasy after watching that part.