tried a most wanted man
one evening, quickly fell asleep. useful. would do again.
last night. despite a 2hr 45min run time i managed to do it all in one sitting w/o dozing off.. that's prob a recommendation.
it is a brilliant project in many regards, in a lot of things it does it triumphs - from a technical standpoint it's pretty close to amazing actually.
but i still felt it left itself wide open to criticism - e.g. accusations of the 12 yr plan as gimmicky, couldn't they have just made the same story except filmed it over the course of a year w/different actors playing the kid? a lot of times it actually did feel like vignettes stapled together than any real coherency (there were even a few asides that had no relation to the boy whatsoever & just seemed to clash & halt the momentum). & i think as a result of the process some of the performances in some of the scenes were jarringly poor
& i mean, while you gotta admire the scope & scale of the project the actual substance seems much narrower weighed down by circumspection in the actual plot: it's just a very typical journey.
'having said all that' a lot of it was terrific. it obv resonated, it's not that long ago since i was a kid (still am @ heart!). a lot of it was shared experiences (again a very typical journey of a relatively normal white suburban kid).
patricia arquette as mom & the depiction of mom i thought was one of the standout characters of the film. if there was anything shocking or revelatory it was found in how mom was presented. normally in these coming of age type films you get your 1 note parents but i thought here they carried it off really brilliant. she's obv deeply flawed but gets some kinda of redemption along the way, i was looking at her & saw my sister(!) (but i wouldn't tell her that
i dunno. it's a good film, worth seeing. but i don't necessarily think it's worth all the brouhaha. it doesn't really tell us anything we don't or shouldn't already know. some of the execution is a bit hit & miss & there's no real surprises. but in terms of reflecting an era it does it's job really well i guess. that's prob the most you can hope for.. dunno..
Lou: ... We're just out of balance
Betsy: you & me?
Lou: [the] whole world