In my opinion, Zellweger's performance is the most overrated this year. The film is fair at best.
The movie dragged too much to culminate in a beautiful performance during the last scene, but it wouldn't be enough to save this slow biopic.
For anyone who knows what happens at Midway, and I assume mostly everyone does due to its big impact on the pacific war in WWII, you would need something really special to hook you in and appreciate and respect the film.
Unfortunately, the film fails in one of the most important aspects : the screenplay. It just feels childish at times.
To add insult to injury, some factual errors would really irritate any history buff : the American dauntless could never match the speed of the Japanese zeros, and this is a well known fact. But the movie is produced by Hollywood, so here you go with unlimited dogfights with Zeros losing most of them.
However, this is a Roland Emmerich film, and you can expect the blockbuster feel to it.
I don't argue that it is fairly enjoyable, but I Just expected better.
I know a person should have a clear head while writing a review.....but if not for the admiration of Elton John and his songs, the rating would have been lower.
Don't get me wrong though : the movie is good, but not Good enough to be nominated for G.G.'s Best picture. Same goes for Egerton's performance, and It seems like the HollywoodForeign Press Association has the same love for for Elton to give him best actor amongst the likes of Craig, Di Caprio and Murphy.
Some scenes were fantastic though, noting the crocodile rock performance at the troubadour for one, but the film mainly focused on Elton's rise to fame, his love interests and drug addictions in the 80s.
This is a definite recommendation for fans, but I'm not entirely sure neutrals will have the same admiration for the picture.
This film will captivate you from the opening sequence, which I dare say is maybe the best musical introduction since Chicago back in 2002.
Gosling and Stone are charming and the cinematography of Sandgren coupled with a flawless direction from Damian Chazelle helped us care for both characters.
It will however all be in vain if not for the sublime Justin Hurwitz who created one of the best scores of the decade. Mia and Sebastian theme in particular was so catchy and beautiful, and of course the Oscar winning song "city of stars"
I'm sure many people will have some other better opinion of jazz music after this due to the simplicity of its melodies.
The film will manage to take you slowly but surely to the realistic epilogue that will probably slap you so hard that you will keep on gazing at the screen long after the credits roll.
You couldn't actually believe how difficult it is for any director / screenwriter to take out a true story that is known for almost every single soul on the planet, and make out something suspenseful from it.
Well not only did multitalented Ben Affleck do that, but he made our hearts beat up so fast to build up for an ending that we totally knew ! That is what made argo one of the best movies we had in 2012.
Of course, the true story has been powdered a little, especially at the last airport climax, but it has been done very smoothly by brilliant director Ben Affleck you could actually believe everything you were witnessing.
The photography, script, costume design, art direction and editing were all top notch, making this easily a near-perfect technical film.
Moreover, the film never slowed down in pacing, hence was always entertaining ; Mr. Affleck has been doing extremely good pictures (three in a row now.....and they are the only three), so we can't overlook that he has become a brilliant director, despite his young age.
I completely disagree that Argo has won all those awards this year due to political factors, despite the facts that it's always good for the states to show and point out they have vanquished their enemies, but Argo deserved all those awards it got, even though I would have always preferred life of pi for best picture.
Argo will however always be remembered as one of the best films of 2012.