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God, that was awful. Mindless drivel. Not funny, either.
I used to think I liked this movie, but seeing it again today it comes off as cartoonish. The characters are stock, often ov r-played. The gum-chewing bad boy from the Bronx. The ignorant old French mom. The hot resistance woman with the perfect hair. Regardless, there are some nice shots, though the lighting is garish, especially the staged "outdoor" studio shots. Many of the exteriors toward the beginning I can now plainly see as composited. Much of the dialog is "shouty" as in live theater. Interpersonal exchange lacks intimacy. Though Richard Burton is alaways a pleasure, just to hear him speak. He keeps the director (there appear to be 4) under control. "Realism" has today moved on. In this movie, the sets are too clean, the language unrealistically puritan. I didn't make it through the movie this go-around.
How is it possible that a movie with a great budget, "visionary" director, and Bryan Cranston could be so boring? I LITERALLY fell asleep. They exploited Bryan for qualitative positioning. Embarrassing for a great talent. Watch it just to see how bad it could possibly be.