Pain and Glory (Dolor y gloria)
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A mediocre movie. Good acting by most (not sure why Adam Driver gets so many roles...he's not that talented compared to many others). Script is so-so. It's a typical love and divorce story. Predictable. Some moments tug at the heart strings (predictably). There are far better scripts to spend money on to make a movie than this. No surprises here, folks. You've seen it before & will see it again, over & over & over.
It doesn't get any better than this. The powerful acting skill of all the key actors just jumps off the screen. De Niro & Pacino can say so much with their eyes & body language without speaking a word. It's looooong. Maybe a little too long, with a few extra scenes in the middle that could be cut, which I expect may happen to future renditions. But I'm glad I got to see the whole thing. The editing, the cinematography, the script, the acting, the music...perfection. This is quality movie making. A must see. You'll never get to see all these fine actors in one movie again, probably. Now, I may have to read the book to fill in some blanks. Thankfully, the script doesn't have the characters spelling out every little event or emotion. These guys aren't that way. A fine movie without anyone even wearing a comic book outfit!
This was a very entertaining, interesting thriller to watch. The script was original, which is hard to do these days. The writing & acting top notch. Daddario as Constance was perfect. Farmiga was outstanding. If she continues choosing her films correctly, she'll have an ironclad acting career for life. Her character wasn't easy to play, I'm sure, but she was amazing. I can see the familiar, hypnotic Farmiga eyes, when I look at her. Glover was typically Glover, doing a good version of weird, maybe insane Uncle Julian. The actor who played cousin Charlie was excellent (& easy on the eyes), but that sort of role is fairly easy to play, I think. He'll have a long career, too. He's very good at portraying this type of which there are many roles in Hollywood. There's not much action in his movie. No ghosts. No one sawing off legs. It's a quiet movie that proceeds along a definite eery path that leaves a lot to the imagination. It's eery & gothic, different & fascinating. There's something deeply flawed in every character. I didn't turn away during the whole film, wanting to see what happens with the characters. For the current day action-oriented audience, this may not be a #1 choice, but for others, like myself, this is ace.
This is a movie based on real events. It's an odd movie. I had to watch it twice before I got it. It's a bit disjointed, jumping from one thing to another. Easy to miss something important. I read up on the real events, then ran through the movie again, liking it a lot the second time. The style of the movie is unusual, but interesting. The acting is superb. I love these based-on-real-events tell-all movies. It could have been better, but I liked it as it was and recommend it. If you liked The Big Short, Margin Call, & the like, you may like his one.
If scary is a gauge to judge a horror movie, then this one is really good. Pretty scary. Acting supberb. Cinematography a bit dark, but this is a horror movie. Again, this is scary. I don't rate it a 5 because I didn't like the ending, but that's just me. It was done well, just not to my liking. Toni Collette outdid herself in this. Gabriel Byrne was excellent, as always. The kids were great. I recommend for scary moments that'll scare the you know what outta you.