Outrage aptly describes the feelings/thoughts/emotions of most of us when those who are among
elected officialdom are also exposed as hypocrites. In the case of this documentary, it's particularly pointed, considering that the film focuses on closeted gay politicians who, in attempt to hide their own identities, scorn, rage against, and more importantly vote against legislation that would otherwise be of help in some way to the LGBT community. I say all hypocrites should be exposed, and it doesn't matter if you're gay and hiding it - if you're also bashing gays with your vote, then you deserve to be exposed. Yes, of course LGBT folks should know who their representatives are in any event so that they can vote accordingly, but the entire voting public should be concerned when lawmakers are deceitful. This film does a good job not only exposing some liars, but it explains why there's a need to expose these deceits at all.
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Kate Winslet will surely at least take an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of the on again/off
again happy and optimistic, then deflated suburbanite who wants out. Both she and the hubby (Leonardo DiCaprio) are not quite as happy as they'd planned or as they'd like to be, and her reaches for happiness take the movie through some interesting moments as the camera catches the couple's attempts at reconciling these differences. The supporting characters add disturbing colors to the story as well, all deftly handled, especially by Kathy Bates and the actor who plays her son. Deep trouble on many fronts give hints that the movie will not ultimately have a very happy ending. That's the Sam Mendes style though, vis-a-vis American Beauty (even the music is similar.) DiCaprio is an enormously talented actor, but somehow in films like this I think of bigger, stronger, manlier men for the role. He (DiCaprio) is a victim at times of that boyish face of his. It's perfect for some things.
I didn't have high hopes for this movie, but others wanted to see it so I agreed. I like Kidman
and Jackman, and I have nothing in particular against Australia - I just wasn't that interested in it, didn't know much about it, hadn't heard much buzz about it. And then, after I agreed to go, and the tickets were already bought, I found out that the run time is an hour and 45 minutes and I wondered how I'd tolerate this flick for that long. Well, I was very pleasantly surprised. The story is very, very sweet, without being too terribly sentimental or saccharine. And it is a lovely story indeed. I thought Kidman was her stunning self, impeccable acting, nailed it, and Jackman was very up to the part of leading masc man as the hunky cowboy. The young boy who played the "creamy" was also a perfect fit, quite the find - his acting and those beautiful, soulful eyes. Really, I've been recommending this movie ever since I saw it. So much for pre-judging!
I had expected a little more from this flick. But there were some things that pleased me. I do
like Frances McDormand a lot, and while it's good to see her stretching a bit into this new sort of role for her, she didn't quite carry it the way I'd have imagined from the zillion or so previews I had seen. Amy Adams was well cast and she continues to be someone to watch - bigger and better things later for her I would guess. The big pleasant surprise was Lee Pace - the only American in the film whose Brit accent was completely believeable, and he's got a pretty natural carriage, pretty straight-forward; impressive I thought. The story was a tad disjointed and could have been more enjoyable comedy had it not been for all the effort needed to keep track of the details.
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