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I wish I had seen this before there was so much hype, because it was hard to live up to. None the less, Taron Egerton transforms into Elton John and his performance is magnetic. The music and costumes are of course amazing and I enjoyed the plotline between Elton and his writing partner, which I could only describe as a platonic love story.
Wow. I find that often when I watch multi-decade-old best picture winners, they dont live up to the hype. Boy was that it not the cause with Deer Hunter. The slow burn of the hour the film takes establishing the life before the war, and then showing how the characters lives unravel after is worth the three hours. Unlike most Vietnam movies, this film is able to retain the humanity of its characters, while still depicting the cost of war. De Niro and Streep have excellent subtle performances, and the overall cast is strong.
While the cinematography was very well done and there were some quirky interesting plot points, ultimately the movie was just too slow and boring to enjoy. How a movie with FBI and alternate shadowy parties spying on hotel guests, discovering celebrity affairs, kidnappings, murders and bank robbing proceeds could manage to be boring is a question for the ages. The characters manage to maintain a shallowness that you never get overly attached to anyone and to top it all off it sizzles and fades to an anti-climatic ending. Big disappointment coming from this all-star cast.
While I generally enjoyed watching this film, and the performances are strong, the neglect and naivety of the protagonist's parents is distracting. Perhaps that's how it was in the early 60s, but it is hard to ignore from a modern perspective.
Holly Hunter is magnetic in this drama about the shift in broadcast news into entertainment. William Hurt also gives a solid performance. While I always love Albert Brooks, his role doesn't age well as the "good guy" who doesn't get the girl and is very sore grapes about it. Overall an entertaining watch, although the ending leaves something to be desired.