Boogie Nights Reviews
Having said that, there's nothing in the movie I didn't like, I just felt like there was too much of all of it and it kind of overstayed its welcome. But I still liked it all. I liked Wahlberg's story of a rising porn star, I loved Burt Reynolds as the legendary porn producer, I liked the journey through the decades of porn from the golden age to the modern age, and it had enough heartfelt drama to keep me invested while still being just an all-around fun movie that I really just plain enjoyed. It's a damn entertaining movie that given a few cuts could have been damn near perfect, but as it stands its overlong pacing issues keep it from greatness. I didn't love it, but I came very close. I really really liked it.
Certainly the closest that Paul Thomas Anderson ever came to really being similar to Tarantino and, whilst I'm glad that he went his own way, I must say that this one is right up there with the likes of Pulp Fiction when it comes to stories jam-packed with engaging characters and some action to boot.
There's a strong mix of comedy and drama, with neither ever being shoved in your face. Instead you are just kept constantly interested as you watch each character move through the motions, with Anderson kindly giving them all a shining moment in there somewhere.
Of course, the downside to this kind of approach is that so much goes on over the course of two and a half hours that you may find yourself wishing that a little more had hit the cutting-room floor.
Still, there aren't many serious films about the porn industry. There also aren't many films with Don Cheadle selling stereos whilst dressed as a cowboy (there's only this one, in fact). Most importantly though, there aren't many films that can string together so many unique and interesting characters, allow them to live within such an odd and niche world, and still leave you feeling like no-one was shortchanged- neither the characters, nor the viewer.
Basically, it gets really boring and includes a lot of pointless details that could have been removed which doesn't help the need for resuscitation of an already long film. Acting, excellent. Music, great. Character development, great. Acting choice, brilliant. The cast was nailed perfectly the film flows very nicely, pacing is great. The film is considered a comedy drama, but I barely noticed the comedy because the drama was so overwhelming. It's a very interesting and good film and is for the most part, highly recommend by me.