Every so often there’s a movie made that changes the idea of what cinema is. That’s where you can use the term ‘groundbreaking’ for a film (fyi, The Dark Knight Rises ISN’T ONE OF THOSE FILMS!). But, as I was saying, the 118 min movie was outstanding.
Writer / director: Rian Johnson
The story you see in the trailers is there, and it’s clear, but after a while, the story gets SO MUCH DEEPER. The tale deals with time stream continuum which is a fairly simple concept (It’s when you start to think of crazy ideas that makes it complicated) from the start to the last frame (which gives me reason to watch it again), that part of the story is always evident. The story gets to this point where it kinda becomes guess work, and then not to mention trying to figure out what “Joe” is going to do next. Honestly, it’s just so well written, everything is clear (though, I do have an advantage thanks to comic book reading), it’s emotion felt, and the ENITRE MOVIE is a play on its title. There I said it, that should help you figure out the entire movie.
The visual fx and cinematography.. man, the way it all plays out just seems so right. In the trailer you see the part where he falls? That scene was one of my many favorite moments(though I may just say the entire thing was my favourite), though there isn’t much change in what the trailer shows & what the movie itself shows. Like, there weren’t any new cuts, or added sounds etc. The make up of JGL was shockingly well done. He really looked what one would guess is a “young” Bruce Willis. The make up artist deserves an award. When the movie gets to the end, it’s where a lot of AMAZING things happen.
JGL. He…the dude has been one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood. I don’t know his entire career, but when he was just a kid on “3rd Rock From the Sun” I knew (a kid myself) that he was a wicked actor. Inception, being as good as it was, just pushed 90% of his current fan base into overdrive. The work he did was amazing. There’s only one time where his voice breaks character, it’s when he’s yelling, but you can’t entirely change your yelling voice and still be able to give a heartfelt performance. Go ahead.. Take a pause and try it (You may just end up doing a Darth Vader, as seen in S.W. Epi. 3). But he had a younger Bruce down pat, added with his charm which is so good of an actor to do. Cause it’s not a bio pic, it’s a created character, but a moment in time of a character. Great casting on the two of them, and I love how ruthless “Joe” gets later. Then there’s a surprise hit in the film. Everyone In the theatre & I was with (basically the TSM team) I’m sure was shocked by one actor in particular. It’s why I didn’t put the cast of the film.
For me, this may be my new all time fav movie. One reason “The Dark Knight” is so great, is because it isn’t just a super hero movie. It branches and touches all these different genres, and its performances. This film LOOKS like a film fest kind of movie (it was screened opening night at Tiff), BUT.. You can clearly see it’s one that got the right budget to be a hit. I love sci-fi stories but this had so much realism it’s crazy. The way the city blends with it all, it’s crazy, then it gets to the rural areas, it’s all just something to cherish. Honestly, it’s the best movie of the year. Can you guess what my rating for this film is? I’m gonna go out on a limb & say its Oscar worthy for best picture.
- Overall rating of the movie: 6 out of 5,
- Cinematography: 4.7 out of 5,
- Editing: 5 out of 5,
- Audio: 4.9 out of 5,
- Acting: 8 out of 5,
- Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? Worth the full price of admission. then grab it on blu-ray for sure.
THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!
– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW