Written June 22, 2014
This movie explores the uncontrollable passions that drive us to do crazy things -- mostly when we're young -- such as blind love, lust, anger, and greed. This movie moves methodically between scenes in which the characters understand each other, even when they are out to kill or steal. I thought the movie was well put together and the characters, though frustrating at times, are well thought out, full of genuine emotion, and nicely developed. This story punishes the main character's grand gesture of taking the blame for his loved one's crime, which makes for a compelling start to the drama. I left the theater caring more about his character than the woman who falls in love with another, but I think I could've gone either way if there had been more information about their relationship prior to the initial killing that splits them up. Anyway, it's worth seeing. It's not a light story, so your undivided attention will be required. That's not always something I'm up for.
Written August 29, 2013
Must see movie! Acting is superb!
The choice of a period that is up to the viewer is genius and forward thinking!
I can not wait for the next film from David Lowry!
Written October 06, 2013
The story and filming is very good, however, because of the tenseness and heaviness of the characters, coupled with a Texas southern accent, the dialog is hard to understand through much of the move. The characters seldom open their mouths when they speak, so if you typically have a little trouble hearing and/or understanding sound tracks, you may want to wait for this one to come out on DVD so you can turn the sub-titles on. I was so wishing for them the whole movie. I have no idea what the last 2 or 3 words of the movie were, so I'm guessing I might have missed the final "wow." Even so, I enjoyed the story and the acting by both Mara Rooney and Casey Affleck was superb.
Written September 03, 2013
Leonardo da Vinci said, "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." No film I have seen this year embraced this ethos with the skill, understanding and artistry of "Ain't Them Bodies Saints."
Every member of the cast delivers pitch-perfect performances in David Lowery's Texan crime drama--I especially enjoyed Mara and Foster--but for me the real star is the cinematography by Bradford Young. Before seeing ATBS, I read Lowery's blog series discussing single frames of the film, so I went in with high anticipation at seeing the aesthetic and style in motion. It did not disappoint. The darker than usual exposure (watch for the scene with Affleck in a field at night), camera movements and framing make this a must-see-in-theatres choice.
I am writing this review as I listen to Daniel Hart's excellent score, which has been on repeat all day. The pairing of his music with the aforementioned cinematography, all supporting performances of a excellent cast, make this film a true work of art.