Tom Cruise can still act...amazing. But it was not his performance that made this movie as good as it was, it was Ken Wantanabe's. I haven't seen Mystic River (for which Tim Robbins won his Oscar), but it had to be a hard decision to choose Robbins over Wantanabe for best supporting actor.
I've been sitting on this one for a while, you know, letting it sink in. It has Coen Brothers written all over it. Great writing and directing and then the end. At first the end just pissed me off, but afterwards (I'm talking two or three days later) it made sense. But that is how the Coens roll.
[b]The good[/b]: [list] [*]Its got the older brother from the Goonies in it. I thought he fell off the face of the earth. [*]If you like Coen Brothers movies, you'll like this one [*]All of the actors are top notch [*]It will make you want to read the book to compare [/list] [b]The bad[/b]: [list] [*]If you don't like the Coen Brothers, don't waste your money. If you are indifferent about any of the movies they have made, you may want to spend the money to see it, but go to a matinee and save yourself a couple of dollars. [*]There is no John Turturro or Steve Buscemi in the movie (commonly seen in Coen movies) [*]If you don't like the ending, sit on it for a couple of days and then make your decision. [/list] [b]Overall[/b]: I may be a bit bias because I have yet to see a bad movie written or directed by Joel and Eathan Coen, but this was worth the time and money I spent. I don't necassarly think it deserves all the oscar talk it is getting, but it is a movie that could be a dark horse if there is no clear front runner in a catagory.
Plain and simple, this movie is worth seeing in the theatres if you go see it in 3-D. If you don't have a 3-D cinema near you, and I'm talking within twenty or thirty minutes, wait for it to come out on dvd.
I was surprised to see that this was still in the theatres here in Wichita, but then again, there really wasn't anything worth seeing on Wednsday, I just needed to get out of the apartment.
[b]The good[/b]: [list] [*]It's worth just about the price of admission if you like horror movies (however, I've heard some people complain about the movie versus the graphic novel...for what its worth) [*]It's gory, if you're into that [*]It had been a while since the last time I saw a horror film and this was a nice little scary movie [*]Nice ending. [/list] [b]The bad[/b]: [list] [*]It's gory if you're not into that. [*]The acting..or lack there of. [*]And, where did the vampires come from?? A little back story would have been nice. [/list] [b]Overall[/b]: Nicely tied up with a big bloody bow for every horror movie fan. It has a little bit of everything from over use of blood, to suspense, to things jumping out at you. It would have been an excellent Halloween night movie and may even be worth buy if I ever find it in the 5.99 bin at a store.
I was really excited to see this movie. I heard a lot of good things about it. And it is a good movie, but nothing worth watching more than once or twice. It deals with the Irish war of Independence which takes place between 1919 and 1921. It focuses on one small group of guerilla fighters as they deal with the hostilities of the English and the Black and Tans. And after the fight is over, they face the new government and it pits people on different sides of the fight. The first hour and a half is spent dealing with the Independence War and only devots half an hour to the civil war, which I think could have been a bit more impactful to the movie as a whole. However, it is a movie that makes you think. How far would you go to protect your homeland?
Before you watch this movie, I suggest reading up briefly on the war. It'll give some background information that is just briefly touched up in the movie, but if you know what they are talking about, it'll make more sense.