November 18, 2012
Great acting, disappointing screenplay, overripe direction
I was expecting a great movie. I was disappointed.
The acting and costumes and sets are second to none.
The screenplay and dialog is contrived, and lacking subtlety. Plot points that are perfectly clear by inference, are spelled out explicitly like a Law and Order episode where the characters pause to explain to the viewer what just happened. I note that the screenplay was written by the same guy who wrote "Angles in America", which I also thought was poorly done, so maybe he an I are just on different wavelengths. The plot is spiced-up with a sub-plot of "dirty tricksters", and dramatic scenes in the House of Representatives. I'd like to know the historical accuracy of those.
It's directed with construction tools as opposed to cabinetmaker tools. Blunt. You *will* root for the "good guys". You *will* be manipulated, as in a romantic comedy.
Near the end, there is a wonderful scene that should close the movie, but two pointless epilogues follow.
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