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Mystic River (2003)
Shockingly emotional, smart with fast pace and a crew filled with Oscar winners and nominee's....what more do you want?
I watched this movie again last night for about the 20th time and must say that it has to be up there in my top 15 of favorite movies ever.
I must say I am not a HUGE fan of Clint Eastwood but I do appreciate his work in directing. It's unfortunate that Mystic River had strong competition in the Oscars that year with The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King and I do think it should of deserved much more praise than was given.
Sean Penn's acting in Mystic River is one of my fav's of all time. You can't help feeling sorry for him for his loss despite that fact of knowing early on that he has mad some mistakes is his life. I think he brought the emotion and sorrow the character of Jimmy Markum felt along with perfection and no over-acting. Hat's off to the Academy Award.
Tim Robbins was also extremely good in this movie. Although, I think he got more praise than deserved and found at times he over acted with the drama at points, but playing a character scarred from sexual abuse as a kid can never be too easy.
Kevin Bacon and Laurence Fishburne (surprising as I haven't liked much of his work except for films such as Apocalypse Now and What's Love Got to Do With It) were also spot on with the smart detective work and sharp thinking.
Marcia Gay Harden is another 1 of my favorite female actors of today's generation and I think she was the 1 who deserved the Supporting Award instead of Tim Robbins. The paranoia and anxiety she brought through in her performance was top notch and made you feel extremely sorry for her lifestyle and scarceness at times.
Brian Helgeland is another 1 of my fav's as a screenwriter. His work on L.A. Confidential was smart, shocking and most of all fast with pace, as is Mysitc River in so many ways.
I'm happy to say I own this movie and will continue watching it and keeping it in my DVD collection basically till I bloody well die.