Pleasantly surprising. Once you get past the first half hour, it becomes easier to watch, and considerably more... Well enjoyable isn't the word. It's hard to enjoy this film. There are a few light hearted moments; and a few really awkwardly hilarious moments - aside from that, it's all raw, dark, deep, depressing stuff. Somewhere in there however, is a touching story of internal triumph and perseverance that can't be under-appreciated.
Kudos to Daniels and company. Thought I wouldn't like it, but they certainly changed my mind.
Cinematography was beautiful, and their are a few zippy bits of dialogue which hint at the Coen's talents... I really didn't enjoy or appreciate this film though. I laughed maybe twice. Maybe I just didn't "get" it because all the idiosyncrasies of Jewish humor were flying over my head? I felt like I was watching a bunch of barely coherent, loosely connected scenes about some clueless dude that just gets walked over at every turn. While I eventually realized the film's loose plot and wandering dialogue were supposed to be part of its charm, I just couldn't appreciate it.
Definitely a huge disappointment, but uh, some people seem to have loved it, so I guess, don't let me stop you from seeing it.
Love the concept... A bit of a mediocre film; the story just jumps from scene to scene, with too much emphasis on the plot, and not enough on any sort of underlying narrative, or character development. That aside, it's a fun movie for kids, and the series has potential.
Awesome special effects. Glover, Ejiofor and Newton actually supply really solid performances. That's about it really. The sci-fi is so thoroughly flawed that it renders all content absolutely silly. Millions of people die, and you aren't shown a single body - and character reactions when these things happen are completely non-existent, with the exception of Glover's President. On top of it all, the film is far too long for its contents, the script is bad, the jokes are campy, and uh, did I mention the story makes no f***ing sense? Lol. Don't even rent it - this is one you can wait to air on TNT. At that point, it becomes a must-see. ;)