Critic Consensus: Though ambitious, Good stumbles in the transition from stage to screen, and Mortensen's performance isn't enough to cover its flaws.
John Halder explores his personal circumstances in a novel advocating compassionate euthanasia. When the book is unexpectedly enlisted by powerful political figures in support of government propaganda, Halder finds his career rising in an optimistic current of nationalism and prosperity. Yet, with Halder's change in fortune, his seemingly inconsequential decisions potentially jeopardize the people in his life with devastating effects.
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Critic Reviews for Good
By all accounts, Taylor's play was a more experimental piece than this film, in which the production values, like the acting, veer between the acceptable and the stodgy.
Bears a superficial resemblance to "The Conformist" and "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis," with their sense of dreary complacency, oppressively museum-like spaces, and curiously drab natural settings, but ultimately "Good" is less evocative
A tale illustrating the banality of evil is as timely as ever but the execution is heavy-handed and even with location filming and elaborate sets it still feels very theatrical.
Good isn't great. The film has a quality cast who turn in fine performances in a movie that aims to be profound but isn't.
Ultimately Good, like its central figure, seems to lack the courage of its convictions.
Audience Reviews for Good
Viggo is an amazing actor, and this subject is definitely my favorite subject. But, for some reason, this movie just didn't hit the the right notes for me. Really slow. Rather confusing (at least to me). A decent idea with not much substance, in my opinion.
I was extremely dissappointed by this film. It lacked an edge to it. It just seemed like I was following this random guys life during a difficult period in his country. It showed a lot about character and how normal innocent people of Germany really didn't know what was going on. The ending was atrocious and so dissatisfying. Great performances and a cast that should have made this film much better.
While there were many problems with the film, I have to like it because it affected me so much. Excellent cast makes it better, but I will agree that it lacked structure and conviction. I always enjoy a fresh look at WWII era, and the perspective of a good German caught up in the times is always welcome. I appreciated what I at least interpretted as the the message of the movie: that amidst all the horrors in these times, no matter how much any of us lie to ourselves that what we are doing is okay and right, it is so far from the humanity inside us that the guy was seeing beauty in the form of music in the most horrible of places.
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