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I May Destroy You
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Besson has done much better and although the concept is cool the execution is not nearly at the level you would expect from him. Had it been made in a cleaner and tighter way it could have held its ground but instead it crumbles under a shaky plot that has no real story.
Possibly bias because of its immense impact on little me who started drinking milk and doing morning push ups to be more like Leon, seeing it now confirms the incredible value of this stylistic, well written, violent and moving action film. The story threads well and each scene advances the story, captured in a smooth and precise way. The wide lens is awesome, quadrant framing enticing and cutting on motion always on point.
A movie that really starts maybe 20-30 minutes in and never quite determined on what it seeks to be. It's got one good long take and the rest consists of mediocre dialogue and acting, when it is not showing pretty senseless and unemotional montages.
A prime example of the Coen's finesse with both violence and comedy, providing a great combination of the two so grounded in its setting that it makes you feel like you're there. A true experience and worth watching.
A simple start that serves to build the stamp the Coen brothers have continued to press onto American cinema. It is a great sample of a well executed first step into the world of features - portrays their narrative and visual style, includes the humor they are famous for and clearly introduces their approach to directing actors.