A Mighty Heart Reviews
The main thing about A Mighty Heart is both its greatest aspect and its downfall: the realism in the events. Michael Winterbottom approaches the material in A Mighty Heart so directly that both the visual style of the feature and its sense of drama come off as being very realistic. It feels as if A Mighty Heart is attempting to be a direct recollection of the events surrounding the kidnapping of Daniel Pearl. There is no Hollywood dramatisation, no glim lighting, it all feels real. This is impressive because it shows Michael Winterbottom in a good light as director due to his dedication to handling the material in a natural format. The cinematography in A Mighty Heart is effective. It has the distinctive feel of a documentary type filming which encourages this exact kind of notion, and the general atmosphere of the film is tense because of all the unknown issues happening all around which reflect the situation that Mariane Pearl is facing with her missing husband. Michael Winterbottom does a strong job encouraging the realism in A Mighty Heart and it comes off as effective because it is so raw and respectful to the source material. But from an entertainment perspective, this is also a flaw. A Mighty Heart limits how much of the story it tells to following Mariane Pearl and in the process neglects the context of the tale and presumes that viewers will understand what issues Afghanistanian society faces. It is all about the little details and the characters, and while it is good at that, it limits the creativity of the storytelling in the film. A Mighty Heart is so direct with its subject that it is perhaps a little too direct. A Mighty Heart does tell the story of its events fairly well, but as a film there is so much more that it can do which it neglects in favour of simply telling its story. There are many themes that could have been covered or story elements that maintained potential, but Michael Winterbottom relied more on the simplicity of the story than its more complex potential. In short, A Mighty Heart ends up being so realistic that it limits itself solely to recalling the events of the story without dramatizing them much at all. There are moments of tense atmosphere thanks to the general subject matter and the light touch of the musical score, but the film is not always the most interesting due to the fact that it takes a less conventional path in which it sacrifices the good aspects of occasional dramatization. The atmosphere in A Mighty Heart may be consistent, but the general sense of entertainment is not which means the overall style of A Mighty Heart is hit and miss. I can admit that as a whole it lays down a more positive effect on the film than negative, but there are moments where I found myself zoning out due to the slow pace of the film and the inconsistent presence of much strong drama. There were virtues that were consistent in A Mighty Heart, but the general sense of entertainment that comes from it is not one of them. Still, the striking realism in the film is what makes it really effective.
Like I said before, the cinematography in A Mighty Heart captures everything well. It encourages the realism in the film through a documentary style, and what it captures is all very grim without being tainted by commercial lighting. It is somewhat shaky at times, but not to the extent that it causes the visual experience of the film to falter at all. It just adds to the atmosphere because it encourages viewers to feel that they are getting the events up close and personal as if they are actually happening right in front of the eyes of viewers. Everything is captured to look as gritty and grim as the scenery of the film which all adds up in the end because it all contributes atmosphere to the feature in one way or another, making the film effective from a visual perspective as well as from an emotional standpoint.
And to encourage the realism even further, Angelina Jolie delivers the most brilliant performance of her career up until that point in time.
To be blunt, Angelina Jolie's performance as Mariane Pearl in A Mighty Heart is her second greatest to date, following Changeling. A Mighty Heart presents the first time that I have seen Angelina Jolie placed into an everyman type role and act it out so incredibly well. Angelina Jolie gets the role of Mariane Peral excellently with strong voice articulation and subtlty. Unlike when Angelina Jolie took on the role of Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, he accent in A Mighty Heart feels seriously genuine. It seems realistic and so her connection to channeling the character does as well. She captures the emotional trauma of the part through restrained acting and genuine subtlety. Angelina Jolie strips away all her Hollywood glamourization for the simple nature of her role in A Mighty Heart, and it does prove that she is in fact a talented actress when all the hype around her is dropped and all that is left for her to do is act. Her performance is gripping and painfull realistic, so much so that I gain a lot of respect for her by watching A Mighty Heart. Her leading performance was a revelation, a change of pace for the overly glamourised woman always at the center of the media which really puts into perspective the natural gifts she has as a performer.
So while the story is not always that interesting, the utmost realistic nature of the events depicted in A Mighty Heart makes everything all the more effective, and the leading performance of Angelina Jolie is absolutely brilliant beyond expectation.
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Utmost effort made by the director/screen writer to fit it in to actual events. No one can deny that. Chaotic events filmed in Pakistan epitomized this truth.