Mystic River Reviews
The actors display great performances that keep viewers engaged emotionally during the entire film!
Everyone in this ensemble is acting his or her ass off, including Tim Robbins. Tim's character had a tragedy happen to him as a youth and it has made him a little weird as an adult. The way they keep certain things from you and focus on his idiosyncrasies is a bit like Gone Girl, pointing you in an obvious direction. Before they reveal a twist that you couldn't see coming, though there are hints throughout the picture. Kevin Bacon is quoted as saying it was his favorite film he has ever worked on and Sean Penn's scenes had me on the verge of tears.
Thank God for Clint Eastwood, who is sincerely focused on making great films and so often brings perfection to the screen. The scenes are a bit drawn out in this film, based on a book and the score is the perfect fit to that. The film was also scored by Eastwood! In the end you get a satisfying conclusion to this seemingly simple mystery the movie presented you in the beginning. The female characters are a bit off to me, yet they are both portrayed incredibly. & Even though the initial bit of Laura Linney's closing monologue is moving, the ends seems a tangled mess. So you wanted your husband to be a gangster? Regardless, the boys bring out the best in this movie
The movie works on different levels, you get carried away with dialogue and forget what the movie is about but that's how it works.
The performances are near flawless, perhaps the only criticism would be that at times they risk becoming a bit over-the-top.
The story is fantastic, and the script is largely brilliant; its only let down would be that it fancies its drama over its authenticity at times.
This is a perfect film for anybody who enjoys unabashed tragedy / melodrama.
- Captivating/Poignant Performances
- Over-Playing Drama over Authenticity.