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I May Destroy You
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A fast paced and more realistic-less happy/sappy old movie that while I've seen many a WWII movie still holds up against the test of time with a different take. This movie talks about spies and goes into the complications and intricacies of being one in one's own country. Good acting by Happy and gritty nightmarish cinematography of a once great but now fallen Germany empire. I really liked the one scene with the female citizen saying how there were millions of Germans lonely sad, just like her. The ending could've drove home the point in a little more horror, I thought but still got the point across and the tension at the end was palpable.
Particularly in the beginning it was hard to follow, as I don't know any background to Vietnam/Indochine as they call it really. Having a frame of reference for the political times would've been helpful, but eventually as film goes on u get what was going on politically. I thought this film was going to be a sexy, romance and didn't realize that was just a backdrop for a much more serious and sad Asian political drama. It was very well acted though, loved the cinematography and all the details-costume design, sets, etc...Really felt transported to the era and location. There wasn't a whole lot of dialogue and at times you wonder what esp the main woman Elaine's character is thinking. There is much twists and turns u can't foresee and much heart ache. That being said the story is an epic, I love epics, esp well done ones and this one was a lot to digest satisfyingly.
Kind of like a soap opera. Def a double standard for women in this film, but still holds true to a degree today. I like the movies tho made before code, that were willing to be more risque. I liked that the woman was a villain and not an angel like further movies in the 30's 40s and 50s. However, I thought the film originally would focus more on Cisco the Kid and less on a double-crossing woman, that was misleading. It moves at a slow pace and is kinda dumb at parts, but its worth a one-time viewing esp if you're from or living in AZ to compare the times. The ending is a bit controversial, but I liked it overall.
Like many old movies this one falls in the category of a terrible lackluster plot with incredible talent. What a voice this woman had! Other than that I couldn't give two s*$!s about this film. Fell asleep several times watching it. That being said one of the few films that showcases operatic talent and with that one of the most talented opera singers I've ever heard. I'd just youtube some of the singing scenes and skip thru the actual movie as the love story and everything else was so hijinks sentimental bs. The main love story also was pretty abusive and couldn't get into it at all.
An important biopic that must be seen if for nothing else other than the true story of one of the most famous wrongfully convicted criminal. This is about the awful Dreyfus Affair in France and highlights how important a fair trial is. This film is a bit wordy at times like during the court trial, but overall does a great job at highlighting good writing about justice and innocence. I liked how the film showed the struggle of Zola wanting to retire, but instead being pulled into the case and ultimately really taking a hard n righteous stand. def some liberties were taken with Zola's personal life, but the film only has 2 hours and back then scandals weren't talked about as much. A good history lesson with decent acting and a great message.