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This is the type of movie in which the acting by a single actor is the attraction. The story line wasn't very interesting, it was just enough to move the story along and let Joaquin do his thing. And, yes his acting was really good, but it seemed that what was required for this role wasn't so much about range, as it was about dialing into just the right persona, which he did well. The movie didn't really move me emotionally in any type of way, the entertainment came from finding out where Joaquin would take this character, and he did pretty good.
A good example of a movie I don't like. Detached and void of realistic emotions. Jesse Eisenberg's acting usually seems unnatural and when the movie embraces it, it's even worse. I'm not a fan of this type of comedy, even though there are dark comedies I enjoy. The last 10 or 15 minutes were the most entertaining for me. This movie pretty much evoked zero emotion, except for perhaps frustration. It's hard to judge acting in which everyone is bland. I like Napoleon Dynamite a lot, and this felt kind of along those lines, but this was just too ridiculous and unrelatable.
Casey Affleck has become a better actor over the years. He used to be a even-killed, one note actor for the most part, granted, it was a somber note that I moderately enjoyed, but without fail it would become too bland by movie's end. Now I see a more well rounded actor, he emits more nuance and complexities along the emotional spectrum. I enjoyed this movie, beginning to end. I thought the pacing was perfect, some may find the pacing slow, but a journey like the one they were taking requires a heedful pace. Their heedfulness pulled me in, I treaded with mindfulness along with them. I liked the dialogue, it was natural, caring, and vital, not drivel like a lot of movie dialogue. The girl did a terrific job, her role required finesse and she nailed it. Finally, a satisfying ending in a movie, a white-knuckle ending. The new tradition in movies is to have an unsatisfying ending, glad this movie didn't succumb to that new norm. Hope Casey Affleck continues to create movies, and acts in them as well!
Acting was good. I really enjoyed Lady Gaga's acting. Bradley Cooper did well. I liked their chemistry. I'm just not a fan of stories with suicide and drunks. Too much of his drunkenness seemed over the top for me. As much as he drank how does he learn a new song over night. And the guy pisses on himself and passes out on stage during an award ceremony. I lost interest after that, just was too over the top for me, at that moment you know it's game over for him. Then he kills himself in a way so that she can find him hanging. Nice final gesture to the person you love. Not enough subtlety.
Could have been so much better had some parts been completely removed, and other parts edited. As the movie went on and on, so much of it lost credibility to me. My wife loved it, so I gave it an extra half star. I liked a lot of the supporting cast's efforts. Some did better than others with their ad -libs and attempts of being real and raw. The two stars did really well also. Shia's performance sometimes felt natural, other times felt forced and gimmicky, and had those moments been trimmed off then his performance could have been appreciated even more. I like movies with this type of feel, as if there aren't any actors in it, as though a camera is capturing a real life story-line. It was a good try.