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I've been looking forward to this one, because I found the casting absolutely fascinating. All three of them did something very different than I have seen before. I would never think of Mark Ruffalo playing a wrestling gold medalist, but he was great. It was interesting watching him as the character bouncing back and forth between intense wrestling guy and a family man. I was also really impressed with Channing Tatum. In the past, I've seen him as a better comedic actor than dramatic one, but this may have changed my mind. One of the first things I noticed was that he changed his physicality for the role. He was bulkier, he walked differently, among other things. Like Ruffalo, he also did a really nice job of balancing the wrestling side of the character, with a more sensitive side, which was a little brother wanting to get out of his older brother's shadow. Lastly, Steve Carell was absolutely fascinating to watch. There was something really quite dark about the way he portrayed du Pont. It was refreshing to see him take on this kind of role. As for the movie itself, the story is extremely interesting, but I will say, the whole thing is very sparse. It's a quiet movie with a lot of far away shots. Obviously this was done on purpose, and I didn't mind it for the most part, but it did make some parts drag a little bit. But this movie overall is quite interesting and is worth a watch, especially for the acting.
When I first heard about this movie, I didn't know what to really think about it. But, then I kept hearing good things about it, so I thought I would give it a try. And I really enjoyed it. The premise is clever, as were the allusions to Romeo and Juliet. I didn't realize that that was what they were going for until they actually did a balcony scene and I realized their names were R and Julia. It was subtle enough to catch, but not distracting. Nicholas Hoult steals it as R. You can tell he actually really put work into the progression of full blown zombie back into a human. His voice over monologues are funny and smartly written. Rob Corddry is also quite good as R's friend, M. Overall, I liked this way more than I thought I was going to. It's a great balance of comedy, romance, and even a little bit of horror that can satisfy almost any type of audience member.
So, I was not expecting the many twists and turns that this one took. Because about forty minutes in was what felt like an ending. And honestly they could have gone along with that ending and it still would have been an interesting movie. What makes this stand out is that it keeps going, and keeps spiraling downward, until you reach the end and it just hits you how far these characters spiraled. Ben Affleck is really good as Nick. Nick is kind of an asshole who gets put in a situation that no one should be. So, you feel sympathy for him but you also think he's a dumbass. Affleck did a really nice job with the balancing act for his character as a whole. Rosamund Pike is indescribable as Amy. Mostly because I don't want to ruin it for anyone who hasn't seen it yet, but she also does a really nice job. I also really enjoyed Neil Patrick Harris as Amy's high school boyfriend and Carrie Coon as Nick's sister. As a whole, I'm honestly never disappointed with David Fincher films. He keeps them quickly paced, visually interesting, and he always gets good stuff out of his actors.
Ok. The next statement may be a tad presumptuous. But. This may be a perfect biopic. I have three problems with biopics. They a.) try to cram the entire person's life into two hours (most likely with the same actor playing like a 20 year span) b.) Conversely, they sometimes zero in on only one event in the person's life, leaving out everything else that made them who they are. c.) Get preachy about a certain trial or tribulation they faced. This did none of that. It focused on three very important, separate time periods in Turing's life. Yes, the WWII era was the most prominent, but it used him as a boy in school and him in the early 50s after the war as a brilliant supplement to that time in his life. Then, after falling in love with this character, it moves more to the latter part of his life, where he is persecuted for being gay. It was done in such a way that it doesn't hammer it over our heads repeatedly, but is still heartbreaking. And then, to top all of this off, Benedict Cumberbatch was brilliant. One of my favorite performances ever from him. I can't even think of more words to describe how great he was. Keira Knightley also gives one of the stronger performances of her career. The life of Alan Turing is an important story to tell. And this movie did him justice.
It's no secret that I'm a big fan of Marion Cotillard, I think she's brilliant. And it's no different in this. It's really something different than she's done before and it's fascinating to watch. The movie itself is really interesting because it's one of those movies where you jump right in and put the pieces together as you go. You would think it would be boring-her traveling around to talk to her co-workers over the span of a weekend-but I was engaged and interested the entire time. I think what helped was that every reaction was different, every situation vastly different. That could be credited to the directors/writers, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. They've written a complex character as well as a complex (although deceptively simple) script. It does lag in a few places, and while long takes are super interesting, some went on for a tad too long. But overall, this is really well done.