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The Ides of March (2011)
Slow Starter but Great Ender
Ides of March is the slowest movie to start. Oddly enough though the movie flies by before you know it. One great part I loved was the use of shadows as a motif in the film.
I wanna start off by praising Gosling. He shines in this role as a man who has to make tough decisions on subjects such as loyalty, integrity, as well as a few others. I can see why he is getting a lot of Oscar talk. As for the movie itself, I personally don't see a Best Picture nomination. But since the Academy knows a few things about LOYALTY don't be surprised if Clooney gets a nod for director.
No spoiler here for the end, but I'll leave you with this much info. Gosling is put in a position where he has to choose between what is right and what is wrong. The ending is left for you to interpret. The final shot is great, it's his face half in the shadows half in the light, truly showing you he may choose the bad choice or the right one.
The Tree of Life (2011)
A story of two ways to live our life
I'll start off by giving the brief details of the story. One of the first (and very few lines) of the movie is, "There are 2 ways through life, the way of nature and the way of grace." Brad Pitt lives the way of nature, that you have to be tough, aggressive, and as he says in the film "fierce will to get ahead in this world". Jessica Chastain who is the next big thing in acting (TRUST ME ON THIS)lives the way of nature. She is loving to her kids, and doesn't expect unrealistic things of her kids like Pitt does. Both parents do love their kids though and want them to succeed but they just show it in different ways.
When I first saw this film, I left the theater feeling ripped off of $11. But then when I was at work the next day, I had 7 hours just to myself and all I could do was think about this film. When the movie is done you feel as if it covered nothing, and that it was just 2 hours of random shots. Which in a way it is and it isn't. What Tree of Life is, is a story of everything. Another thing is that this film is impossible to spoil, because after seeing it, it's almost impossible to comprehend. This film is truly a gem and unlike any other film i've seen. It definitely takes more than one viewing to comprehend the film. But what i do recommend is that after seeing it you just think over every little piece of the film. Because yes even the dinosaurs have a purpose in this film.