You feel the length of the first half of the film.
This is art.
John Reed is an American journalist who believes in radical ideas and always goes against the grain; however, he is good at making his point and preaching equality. He has a complex relationship with another writer, Louise Bryant, who isn't nearly as successful. When John preaches a new communist union and goes to Russia to help gain backing, he puts his and his wife's lives at stake.
"What would you say this war is about?"
Warren Beatty, director of Dick Tracy, Bulworth, and Heaven Can Wait, delivers Reds. The storyline for this picture is just okay, but the settings and conclusion were amazing. I did think the subplots of Russia, the cold war, and the travel arrangements were stunning. The acting was also pretty good and the cast includes Beatty, Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Paul Sorvino, and Bessie Love.
"You have to be a bit of a rebel to be an artist of any kind."
I am a huge Jack Nicholson fan and came across this on Netflix and decided to add it to my queue. In all honesty, Nicholson isn't in this movie much. The dialogue from those who remembered Reed throughout the movie was interesting, but likely unnecessary. The story was also just above average, other than some of the political undertones, which were neat. Overall, this is a slightly above average drama with a great love story that I am surprised received an Oscar.
"He let her go?"
Grade: C+/B- (6.5)