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American History X
It's a Wonderful Life
Destry Rides Again
Prince of Egypt
Lethal Weapon 2, 3
The Crimson Rivers
The Princess Bride
A Knight's Tale
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Cemetery Junction (2010)
Not a comedy
I don't really know Gervais' work, so I didn't really have any expectations. I also can't comment on the cultural aspects, so I watched it just as a story.
The problem was that it was marketed as a comedy. When I watched it as such, I didn't like it at all. Can't say it particularly made me laugh. But I absolutely loved the last third, I just love such emotional scenes. (Even if it's clichéd, as some reviewers complained the film often is, if it's done well, it doesn't matter.) So I went back and watched it again immediately, this time as a drama, and I liked it way better.
The cut glass bowl scene literally made my mouth fall open, it was so brilliantly done, and I found Bruce's opening of the two bottles so moving it gave me the shivers. Definitely not a comedy, and I will definitely watch it again.
Aren't our metro stations some fantastic places? You just can't help loving them once you've seen them in this film.
All the people I've talked to about this film said that it had become one of their favourite Hungarian films, if not THE favourite - although it's not flawless.
It might not be so good in an objective sense - I don't think I have the experience or knowledge to judge that. But I did feel the lack of some story-lines and motifs being developed further. Because I don't like to criticise people openly I'll just add that there was one person whose acting I didn't find quite satisfactory, especially when he tried to utter a sentence. - Then again perfection is not the only thing that makes a good (subjective sense) film.
Some have panned it for mixing genres. They mentioned comedy, tragedy and thriller. Well, it is true, but has it not happened before in literature for example? And it never has been the criterion for judging the value of these works (it might have puzzled contemporaries but today it's nowhere near unusual). It's how and why the mixing is done that matters. Of course, those who expected comedy all the way through were disappointed. But to me the tragic bits were ever so moving, they gave me such nice dreams that I might not have liked the film so much without them. And the thriller bit: just the right amount of fright. I mean, I hate to be scared and it did make me jump once or twice but it wasn't... unbearably frightening.
I love all the performances (apart form the one mentioned above) and I really appreciate the - nowadays so rare - decent humour. Although at times it nearly crosses the line but we're always saved from it - at least I certainly am. But I must admit: even for me it would be pretty hard to tell what I mean by decent humour... I'd better stop here before I sink into the depths of this rather confusing subject. Anyway, the film really is lovely to watch and think about. Many thanks!