September 16, 2012
Lost in It's Own Beautiful Reflection
Beautifully shot capturing the postwar period visually in "you are there" color and composition. Music, too...but relentlessly intense as is the film, which is promising for first 1/2 hour. The film, the focus, the "bigger" picture gets swallowed up by the sometimes brilliant performances o its male leads, but--sadly, disappointingly--loses its way in their father son, guru and sycophant, brother, and almost lovers, in this...and the audience is left lost. Not in a productive way. The movie is grossly repetitious, I suppose because it could not find its way out of the force field of these two men. Most important, it is impossible to consider Phoenix's role as that of a seriously mentally disturbed man--even before the PTSD, despite the drinking, so there is little tension really between "master and slave," which it wants to be. Or whatever it wanted to be. Though difficult to tolerate, at times, it's worth seeing.
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