This incredible biopic tells the story of a legend and of a survivor, Angela Bassett and Lawrence Fishbourne delve into the tumultuous history of the legendary Ike and Tina Turner, and her unending fight to find true independence. Utter genius and pure art are projected to the screen thanks to excellent direction and the powerhouse performances by the cast. Superb!
Phenomenal and captivating from start to finish. You may have seen a whistleblower story before (See Snowden, The Fifth Estate, Michael Clayton, The Post as examples), but this film delivers exceptional writing, acting, directing, atmosphere, and much more. Keira Knightley is at her best in this role. A tour-de-force ensemble includes Oscar nominee Ralph Fiennes, Emmy nominee Matt Smith, Emmy nominee Matthew Goode to name a few. The ambience of this brooding conspiracy is evident in the technical work of the crew and cinematographer. Fantastic!
Martin Scorsese's 1976 tale of reinvention and determination is a masterclass in character study. Following Alice in all walks of her life from childhood to wife to widow to single mother...excellent. Ellen Burstyn is exquisite and deserved the Academy Award for this deep, thorough, moving performance. Alfred Lutter delivers an exceptional performance as her preteen son coming to terms with not only his father's passing, but becoming the awkward, peculiar preteen that sets him apart from everyone in society. Kris Kristofferson is the stoic, calming force for the main characters, and delivers every line with purpose and confidence. An excellent film, and a true staple in Scorsese's filmography.
David Benioff's script often times veers into melodrama, but its class of A-list actors more than make up for its faultings. Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire (in a golden globe nod performance), Sam Shepard, and Mare Whittingham act the hell out of this movie. Jim Sheridan effortlessly directs this perfect cast into the depths of trauma and its impact on not just the wounded soldier, but his entire support system. Jim Sheridan directed a hell of a movie, but I just wished the script lived up to all the potential I saw on screen.