Da 5 Bloods
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I May Destroy You
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One of Tarantino's best.
Audrey Hepburn is hot.
[Cary Grant ain't looking bad either]
[MASTERPIECE] Was there ever a villain as evil as Harry Powell? Abuser, murderer, liar, and hypocrite? Here is a man with a sense of self-righteousness, who claims to be a man of God, and is everything but. He is the most vile, the most hate-able villain ever put to film.
The last hour and a half of this film is excellent. I mean that too. The problem, however, is that this film is over 3 hours and 20 minutes in length, and too be honest, I feel like I wasted my time. Seriously, I could have watched Lawrence of Arabia [again] in that time. As I said, the last hour and a half [give or take] is epic. It is the first 2 hours that lead me to give it a mere 3/5. Now, I am not against long movies, by no means. In fact, two of my favorite movies [Apocalypse Now and Lawrence of Arabia] are even longer than this movie. The problem is that John Wayne, who directed this movie, does not know how to use the time effectively. As a result, the first 2 hours drag. Also, I couldn't help but notice the great cinematography in some scenes, especially the scenes that take place at night. One scene I found particularly mind-blowing is the scene in which [SPOILER] Bowie find out his wife is dead. The shot begins as a two shot with Wayne and Widmark on opposite ends of the screen, with shadows of other soldiers in the center of the frame. There are more shots like this, illuminating Wayne and Widmark's face, and nothing else. Then, Travis appears asking to see the letter notifying Bowie his wife has died. Travis' face is not visible, only one side of him is illuminated with light, creating a strange half-silhouette. Bowie reluctantly hands him the letter, and only then does Travis come out from the shadows, revealing his face. It is at this exact moment when Travis turns from a one-dimensional side-villain of sorts, and becomes a human being, and a hero. It is hard for me to put in words how good this scene is. Still, the first 2 hours are boring as hell. In conclusion, if you decide to watch this movie, skip the first hour and a half.