I say this is a winner through and through! I rarely laugh this much at comedies and I enjoyed the concepts that the writers presented THOROUGHLY! Can't recommend enough for dystopian lovers or folks that don't mind finding some faults with America. Instant classic that is absolutely necessary for our evolution! For those who think this movie "is what is wrong with this world", I'd like to say to you that it isn't aiming to promote these qualities, but rather to warn against our country becoming this, it's satire, and it stands as a warning. If you can't see the message that's written all over the wall with this one.. maybe YOU are the problem? Because we need humility, we need to be able to laugh at ourselves, learn from our mistakes, take responsibility; to create a world that isn't fraught with dysfunctional systems that think independently solely for their own successes. To reach a sustainable and harmonious future as a planet we need to be honest with ourselves, to not sugar coat our sh**. Let freedom ring and lets be aware of what we are creating in ourselves and in our communities each and every day. We are worth the time and energy, and this movie is worth the time and energy, to learn from and self reflect on. Peace people.
Bridges race relations very well, with a bit of comedy thrown in to have a little fun while we're at it (fighting centuries of systematic oppression through maltreatment, suffering, delusions of white grandiose. Opens up that can of worms for a lot of people, to start getting very real about the way we handle history and our current struggles with race or simply- people who are different from us and our close friends. I'm looking forward to the coming years where there are deeper talks and perspectives around such topics, past the dichotomies of good or bad, black or white, etc; and into those discussions that narrow down everything we carry and have been struggling with individually and collectively. When we can set this falsehoods free inside of ourselves, we can set others free who are around us, no longer carrying our wounds in such hidden ways, acting them out so unconsciously and belligerently. Definitely one to watch. I was almost surprised that my over 65 parents could enjoy this one with me.
Privileged narcissism parading about in it's own filth while nature holds him, at their absolute expense. This film is a diamond in the rough, or perhaps a rough one amongst so many identical diamonds. The camera movement, lighting, strong characters, themes of love, defiance, passion, irresistibility, destruction, disregard, passivity and grace all collide here to make one hell of a symphony. Even if it feels repetitive, it is a familiarity that grows on you and only strengthens the underlying message. Candy for viewers on so many levels. A must watch. Greenaway is a writer/director that I will now gorge upon. This film is clever without being overdone. I was quite surprised how much I enjoyed this work of art.
There is an intensely stern and driving plot that moves you forward with the soldier and both sides (English military and Irish immigrants). To me it felt similar to The Departed, yet toned down, on a tighter budget. You really feel like you are the lost soldier, making your way around the Irish gang as quietly and inconspicuous as possible. Camera shaking was a little much at a few points for me, so remember you can close your eyes if it's uncomfortable. But overall the camera work wasn't too jobbly and it was overall comfortable to watch. Recommended for when you need a movie that has some harsh realities to our european history and some deeper darker spy elements. Makes you appreciate peace and how far we've come to get past such huge cultural disparities.
I really had no idea I would enjoy this so much! The humor is fantastically dark and the characters don't take it personally. There are some deeper emotional themes in here, but mainly it's about getting out of your habits and coming together with people, getting out there to do what you've always wanted to do, making new friends, having a lightheartedness sense about life. There isn't a lot of outer stimulus or wow factors thrown in so that the audience is captured. What carries the plot is this interesting dynamic between Paul Rudd and (Submarine actor). There are plenty of laughs and a few 'grip your seat tightly' moments also. The writing is excellent and these actors just harmonize the whole thing. A couple of mini side plots enter to keep it all rolling and pulling the protagonist into fresh waters. I wouldn't want to miss this one. Very fun and heart centered. Has a tiny of of The Invincibles in it crossed with Green Book, but on an indie budget. Take a road trip with two very lovable characters. :)