I didn't like the movie very much even though it jerked some tears out of me. The film was as
bright and colorful as HD videtape. This and its widescreen presentation took away from the tragic story. I hated the happy ending of showing Nathaniel in a lull of symptoms with the divorced Lopez's sitting together at a concert. Why did we not learn anything about RDJ 's real son who was mentioned often enough in the script. Not even a photo of him on a desk. The story of the Lopez's divorce was completly muddled. I did not think Jamie foxx was so great as the end stage Nathaniel. Anyone can blabber rapidly. That is not acting. However I thought he was very good when portraying Nathaniel at Julliard. The actor who played the young Natahaniel was very good. RDJ was ok. The best part was the filming of skid row which was real and scary but again too slickly filmed which undercut its misery.
The movie was okay.The obvious comparison was Forrest Gump a bigger, greater movie. The love story
in F.G. was much better in both the major love interest and love for his mother.Other than the gimmick of a man growing younger their was not much to the film.I think B.B.'s life should have interacted more with the historical events during B.B.'s lifetime. Cate Blanchett was beautiful and graceful even in the parts where a dancer double wasn't used. The love story really was too long in building.And the arithmetic of their ages did not add up. The suspenseful buildup was lacking. A lot of this was because of the age of B.B. ironically one of the major reasons (in terms of special effectst) to see the movie. Brad Pitt's acting when he was young (old man) is kind of hard to understand in terms of what was real vs digital. But overall I thought he was good. The main reason to see it is the special effects. But a major gaffe was BB getting demented as a child, he had illness as an old man
I liked this film very much. The stream of lyrical realism flowing through a Private Ryan type war
movie was original and worked given the cultures involved (African-American and Italian). Lee was very effective in directing battle scenes, Nazi atrocities, partisan activities and complex loyalties as was he in the gentle relationship between Train and the Italian boy. I liked that each group had good guys and bad. So why was the only judge in the film Jewish? That kind of detail in a ww2 film can't be an accident. I disliked all of the "Potemkin" type set shots in the beginning. Hector in his Harlem apt. looked so much younger than Hector postal worker in the next shot. It confused me.What's with his luger? In the post office for 40 yrs never discovered? I' never saw a serious Buffalo soldeiers film before and on the whole it was handled well. Too many back stories. The church party was ridiculous. How could they chance it? The final beach scene was a bit much.
David Mamets movie deals with fight between morality and it;s opposite. The character of Mike Terry
is very well acted. His unshakeable ethics are a little over the top. I don't think people realize that the film is an homage to "On the Waterfront". Brando's tragic but ultimately champion character is named Terry O'Malley. Coming out of the film I thought that I've seen it's issues in many films before. If the plot did not have such gaping holes I would have rated it higher. The bad guys are all carictatures.
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