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The relentless calamity becomes a grind, offering few insights beyond ones that are obvious in the first half hour.
In adapting the novel, Szasz and screenwriters Tom Abrams and Andras Szeker tread carefully, leaving a lot to the imagination ...
A bleak, despairing testament to the cruelty of war, and how it mangles and defaces everyone it touches.
If only I could figure out what all this was meant to stand for.
Thoroughly unpleasant and at the same time completely unedifying.
Not a movie for those who insist on happy resolutions, "The Notebook" is instead a study in how the nihilistic worldview that clouds the collective Eastern Europe sensibility came to be.
As little emotion as the two boys show as the film wears on, Szasz actually shows less, finding a way to show the dehumanizing experience of living in wartime without ever going beyond the pale.
Notebook frames the evil revealed by the region's Nazi Occupation as the most treacherous of fairy tales: one that realizes our childhood fear that there really are no trustworthy grownups.
While the film has a tendency to sometimes stray into melodrama, Szász has crafted a strong adaptation that keeps its literary heart but surrounds it with strong cinematic emotion.
While some sequences are powerful and even shocking, the cumulative effect lacks emotional punch, due in part to the uneven performances and the familiarity of the material.
Are you a nihilist? Trouble finding a way to bring satisfaction to a Friday night in the void of meaningless suffering that is your universe? Well, do I have the movie for you.
The movie makes an obvious statement about the cruelties of war, but that does not diminish the ferocity of its story and how two pampered boys are transformed into soulless and callous youths.
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