This is a sweet movie (although a bit long) with an interesting story and engaging characters. If
they could have found someone other than Brad Pitt to play the lead role, it would have been even better. Cate Blanchett is the better lead actor in my opinion. I liked the way they evoked old New Orleans. The supporting cast is very good, especially Benjamin's mom.
One distraction which can't be avoided is you keep wondering "how did they do it?" The special effects are excellent, but it is very hard to suspend your disbelief to become totally immersed in the premise of the story. I think if they had cast a little-known male actor instead of Brad Pitt, you wouldn't have been wondering "is that Brad Pitt as the old man?" In fact, I thought the weakest part of the movie was when Brad Pitt looked like Brad Pitt. For my taste, he's too pretty. I felt the same way about Robert Redford back in the day. He was always Robert Redford.
I loved the recreation of LA in the late 20s. This is a compelling story, especially if indeed it
is true. Angelina Jolie is fairly uni-dimensional — and I was very distracted by how red they made her big lips. Somehow I just can't take her seriously as an actress. The story is longish and drags in the middle. But you can't help but be caught up in the story. If you like a good guys vs. bad guys story, then go see it.
I can't think of a movie that is as beautiful as this is. It affirms the dignity of people in a
deep way. I don't think I've expressed myself physically in a movie the way I did with this one — clapping, rolling with laughter, pumping the air with my arm. You get totally engrossed in the spirit of these rather ordinary people.
The word "art" kept going through my head as I watched. You see the effect of art on the singers and on their audience. I'd better stop here before I write an entire movie review. Please go soon. I'm guessing because this isn't a "summer blockbuster" that it won't be around long.
Maybe it's a generational thing, but I only laughed a couple of times. Juno and Dan in Real Life
pulled off what this movie couldn't - characters that you could care about. The British rock star was supposed to be the bad guy, but he felt to me like the only character who made sense. He left Hawaii early and so did I.
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