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Critic Reviews for Twist
One of the glummest recent attempts to drag a classic story into the 21st century.
The only thing funny about Twist is how seriously it takes its own pompous preposterousness.
Cuaron ran into trouble by being overly faithful to Dickens' story, changing almost nothing except the setting.
Apart from the somewhat novel conceit of turning Dickens into the stuff of a Gus Van Sant picture (see My Own Private Idaho), there's nothing original, nor compelling, about Twist.
Ultimately more unsavory than enlightening, and would have benefited from a more humorous approach to its purloined themes.
Audience Reviews for Twist
This modernized Oliver Twist is a good film. It's understated, and all the more upsetting for it: the gradual degradation of the Oliver character is believable and genuinely disturbing. The slow-burn tragedy of the story, the literal darkening of the atmosphere as day scenes give way entirely to night, convince the viewer as effectively as the characters that there is no way out of their unhappiness. The weight of the movie is on Stahl as the Artful Dodger ("Dodge"), and he carries it faultlessly.
I am stunned by the negative reviews - especially from "professional" critics who condemn the movie simply because it is sad. Well, clearly they have no knowledge of the historical impact of the Dickens tale. It was a eye-opening sketch regarding the exploitation of poor kids. This is the same story in a modern face. People are uncomfortable with sex - especially among youth. They are also clearly uncomfortable with poverty. What I find interesting is that critics gushed over the movie Precious - even though it is stark, sexual, and extremely depressing. Yet -- this same film provokes condemnation for being equally sad. I suspect that people are used to seeing poverty and devastation in black face -- especially in the US. But seeing it among white youth - especially "gay" youth is too much for them. Too many stereotypes are challenged. Statistics, however, show that very high percentages of gay youth are homeless, and many of them engage in prostitution for survival. Take off your blinders folks. This is real! Same-sex marriage will not cure it.
enjoyable and let's face it, it happens in this world. it's nice to see it being brought to light. so to the reviewers who are offended, think about the kids who live this life really, would you poo poo them away or be offended by them?
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