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A Paen to the Genre
My initial viewing of this film had me feeling impatient. The pacing is leisurely and the feeling was exacerbated by my continued dislike for Willis's "if less is more, then doing nothing is best" approach to acting. But as the final scene developed and the movie came to a close I was filled with remembrance of the love I had as a child for super hero comicbooks. I have subsequently come to feel this is one of my favorite movies. It is obvious that both the director and the cinematographer know and love comicbooks and this film is nothing if not a loving paen to the genre. I own it and I watch it now and then just because I love the way it makes it way to the payoff. It is gratifying to read that others have noticed that almost all of the scenes have the quality of good comicbook panel artwork. The moment that stuck in my mind from the first viewing was when Dunn climbed out of the pool and knelt momentarily at the edge. The shot of the folds of his poncho and the water dripping off of it remain to me as the pivotal artistic (pure comicbook art) and emotional (fear conquered) moment. The payoff was one of the most gratifying I have experienced in my long movie going history. To realize that I had just witnessed the 'real world' birth of a superhero and supernemesis just floored me. The payoff of "The Sixth Sense" left me feeling like I was a fool for not seeing it coming but the "Unbreakable" payoff made me feel that I had just been manipulated by masters. Now. that being said, I do feel that those who never experienced the love of superhero comicbooks may not get the payoff and call this movie 'boring'.
could have been worse, but good
All I ask is that a movie doesn't jolt me out of its world by doing something stupid. People jumping through glass or racing fireballs and bullets will do that. So will not asking the obvious question or not noticing a dead body at their feet. In a war movie, people who don't get dirty or don't get shot when they should.
This movie has very little of that. I liked it a lot. The most intense flying sequences ever. Simply put. I don't care if they were CGI. They are great! When I was a boy, "The Blue Max" was the hottest flick we talked about. This is better. Don't care about the colors of the planes or the kind of machineguns. Good, intense flying and caring about who gets shot and when.
Childhood dreams realized.
Anybody remember Frazetta? When I was a boy in the fifties I thought the Greeks were the coolest warriors in the world. I used to draw them. I loved the Italian movies about them. I used to try to turn my friends on to them until 'AIRPLANE' spoiled it with "Do you like Gladiator movies?" As I sat in the theater watching this thing unfold, I nearly wept. The slow/fast vision of Leonides leading the push out of the ranks into the Persians almost made me shout out loud. The cinematography made me feel I was watching a movie painted by Frazetta. I am amazed how many of my friends no nothing about the the historical battle and ask things like "Was the Persian king gay?" I tell them that the movie is pure fantasy and just the best realized comic book ever made. Made by people who obviously have the same love of the legend that I have. One of the most enjoyable cinema experiences of my long movie going life.
Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
Just want to say that since I saw this when it came out, it remains one of my all time favorite movies and my favorite of Redford's acting work. The stylized dialogue that first put me off when I saw it now sounds like music. The production values like the score, costumes, settings, camera-work and editing are perfect. The emotional values are what have made me love this film. The humor is perfect pitch; the poignancy is deep; and the intensity of moments like Johnson's attack on the men who killed his family is movie magic that stays with me always. This is, in my opinion, a movie that has all the qualities of a great novel and that is my highest praise for a movie.