This is epic, as Baz Luhrman films tend to be. It could be hokey, and has something of a false ending about 3/4 of the way through. There are holes. Yet…yet I liked it. It's superficially enlightening on a number of historical points. Wonderful cinematography and production values. Good performances. Wow, Hugh Jackman has some body!! Make popcorn, keep the tissue box near, and don't think about it too much.
Wow. Heavy. Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio are perfect, as is Michael Shannon as the voice of truth. Award-worthy performances all, with Leo outdoing himself (I never thought he was that great, but he is stunning here). I realize the direction may not have been as daunting as Danny Boyle's task, but in another time and place, Sam Mendes deserves kudos. Textbook perfect mise-en-scene. The language of this film is the best I've seen in a very long time (I may elaborate on that in a longer post, but first I'm compelled to buy the dvd and read the novel—by Richard Yates). It's a very American version of what seems like Europeans (or at least the French) have been doing for some time. The commentary and deleted scenes make me think a director's cut may eventually be released. You may need a couple of martinis while/after watching this film.
On a lighter note, I'm dying for the fashions and furniture of that period!
The chemistry between Sookie Stackhouse and Bill the vampire was the way it should've been in Twilight. Among other things. Much more interesting, if this is your kind of genre. The first two episodes were sufficiently enchanting to catapult the next disc onto my qeueu (which says alot in the context of 291 movies vying for attention).
Hubster would probably watch this because it has action sequences. Saw it at a neighbor's home. It's ok, not really my cup of tea. It was fine while we watched it, but I probably wouldn't see it again. (I like action, but the story is pretty cliche.)
2008 was a tremendous year for good films, which I hope is portentous for things to come. Is it because, or in spite, of the severe economic downturn? I don't care, keep it coming!