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Posted on 4/19/10 04:08 AM
Love DePalma films. His early ones. It seems as if he just made a film to indulge his own artistic thoughts and the sort. I have no problem with this really. As an audience member though, personally, I feel it was almost a waste of my time. I wasn't moved. I wasn't involved really for most of it. I think if you alienate your audience than ultimately, whats the point? From what I can gather, he made a film for the sake of making a film. Hes quite good at it so, I don't mean to be a hater at all. This Just wasn't fulfilling to watch for me. I felt confused as im sure he wanted but, I would at least like to be intrigued during my confusion or something. The end should justify the confusion beyond Oh, it's a dream. Thats how I feel anyway. I found myself shifting around a great deal and wondering why I even cared. Sounds like he had a great deal of fun making it by watching the special features. I think this is great. Too bad he sounds like a pretensious jerk in the process.
The last scene blew it for me as well. The performers Rebecca and Antonio looked awkward in the final wrap it up scene. The scene just didn't play well visually. I Thought the performances were just fine for the most part. The end though, kind of cheesy. DePalma is a master filmmaker and I can appreciate his vision and how he incorporates his ideas. Im disappointed though as an audience member. I used to think, "Its a DePalma film, I must see it!" Now after Dahlia and this, im not so excited anymore. This sucks and I hate to say it. Sorry De Palma.
Considering how empty i feel after watching this film, I feel I graded it generously enough. Making films cannot in any way be easy. I respect De Palma and his mastery. Hopefully soon he'll make a film thats satisfying for a broader audience and not just satisfying for his own fun and whims alone.
I love movies and Im sure with some time Ill give his new film, whatever that may be in the future, a shot again..
Posted on 4/10/10 07:20 PM
Looks like Im going to spend most of this rant defending my 100 % score. Here goes..
First of all, Im an actor. Im not a critic really. I perhaps have a affection for it. Critiques. Critics as well. Usually I will probably be writing these reviews on certain films from the perspective of how they ultimately made me feel inside. How these films resonated with me and still do. This is one of those films for me. Maybe its cheesy and there are faults to it in certain specifics and even as a whole.
I personally at first thought would not think Mr. Cruise as a great character actor. Truth is, as popular as this notion is, I simply do not believe it is completely true.
These positive thoughts of him are im sure due mostly to the fact that i was a young impressionable kid when he was in his prime. With little role models to look up to, strangely enough, Mr. Cruise was that for me in a way. Naive maybe..but just the same.
This film was breathtaking for me. Such spirit! The main character is young and has much ambition. Ambition to have a piece of land at that. A piece of land he can call his.
He looses sight of whats important to him with many a distraction. Life is like this. My own path and vision for my life was givin a dose of fresh air when i watched this film as a young teenager. My only regret with the experience of this movie is that I couldnt see it at the theatre and watched it on a small tv screen.
Fortunately the film and the intangeables therin are MUCH bigger than my tv set was!
Posted on 4/10/10 12:56 AM
Im disappointed. Not angrily disappointed.
I like to be swept away with a rush of images to a certain extent I suppose. A much more in depth script would make this film very engaging, as with most any film obviously. In regards to the fantastic moving spectacles, a strong humanity of story would be a nice contrasting parallel. The story could literally be extremely engaging without the immense overpowering spectacle and all this computer amazement.
I would think the heart of the story touching upon common universals should make up about 80 percent of this movie. Just think of how high the highs would be if they were tempered with strongly anchored and relateable "lows"
If those lows in action sequence could sustain at least 70% of the story, wow. Those action sequences would be something else! I give the film a 50% Im a softy and love the movies. Had a decent time here just the same. I got away for awhile.