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Fat Man and Little Boy (1989)
Like a sandwich without meat, this film is bland, bland, bland.
Never have I seen a film so boring, so downplayed, so exposition-laden, so god-awfully slow, it gives the same effect of rubbing sandpaper on your eyes.
The only character worth a damn is Paul Newman's character, not only because Paul Newman is a damn good actor, but he had some generally funny scenes in this flick. Dwight Schultz on the other hand, is more or less like a dirty old rock you find on the side of the road. When he yells his lines, it's like sticking a grasshopper in your ear; unpleasant and obnoxious.
The next problems with casting come down to John Cusack and Laura Dern. As for John Cusack, he just adds to the awkward blandness of the film, and it feels like a Matthew Broderick-esque performance, and you don't really feel anything for or from him, which definitely comes in to play in the second and third act. For Laura Dern, however, I feel bad that she literally only got a minimal amount of screen time, and had an even blander character than Dwight Schultz. It's a shame, because we know Laura Dern can act, and the fact that they don't really do anything with her makes it all the more disappointing.
But away from the characters. This is the story of the Manhatten Project, the infamous nuclear bomb experiments. you'd think a movie about bombs would have some decent explosions in it, right? Come on, I know your inner man-child lust for destruction is begging for some fiery mushrooms in the sky! And what do we get? A couple little poofs and a nuclear explosion we barely even see. So, not only is the writing your average sandpapery boringness of a war-movie-that-doesn't-actually-have- very-much-war-in-it, not only does it have some typically boring actors besides Laura Dern and Paul Newman, and not only is this film blander than bread, it doesn't have any good explosions in it! By God, if I'm gonna watch a movie about bombs, it better show some good explosions!
In conclusion, yes, this movie really should be avoided. There are definitely other movies you could watch on this subject. Hell, you could just watch a documentary on it and get the same information. So, don't bother watching it because it would be a waste of a good couple of hours, a couple hours where you could watch some actually good war movies based on WWII. Like Full Metal Jacket or Saving Private Ryan.