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Brighton Rock (2010)
Good cinematography but rubbish movie
The movie Brighton Rock is an adaptation from one of Graham Greene novels, which was directed by the British director Rowan Joffe. This movie has caused controversy around Britain, and around the world, as it is the second adaptation of this novel. In 1947, there was another adaptation, and many people say that it was much better, that the Joffe one was rubbish and totally disappointing. I haven't seen the older adaptation but I have seen this one and without comparing them, just judging this one as a movie it wasn't too good.
Firstly, lets talk about the actors and their roles. The main characters; Pinkie interpreted by Sam Riley and Rose interpreted by Andrea Riseborough, were awful. Pinkie was too mean and too cold, he needed more charm, when Rose was too vulnerable, making it very unconvincing. This made it really difficult for the viewers to empathize with the character; I really didn't care what happened to them at the end of the movie. However, there were some good characters, as well; Helen Mirren (Ida) and John Hurt (Phil), acted incredibly well, they gave a touch of class when they appeared.
Secondly, the beginning was very confusing and not very attractive. Beginnings are supposed to be catchy, but in this movie it wasn't. It required closed attention, lots of concentration because if not you will be totally lost during the whole movie. Then, the plot was too thin (trivial), each scene was totally predictable and didn't created mystery or suspense. Furthermore, the scenes of violence were too sordid and disgusting, instead of being realistic.
Although, the movie, also, have some positive aspects. The cinematography was really good; the film creates an atmospheric mid 60's version of Brighton, which is showed as cold, bleak and gray, as really is Brighton in winter. Also, the music, by Martin Philipps, was brilliant. Each composition fitted perfectly in each scene. Then, the costumes were absolutely amazing, making the film's atmosphere even better. At the end of the movie you really think you saw a movie filmed in the mid 60's, in Brighton.
In conclusion, the cinematography, the music, the costumes of the film were extraordinary and realistic, it transported the viewers to Brighton in the 60's. Although, the script, the plot, the scenes, the beginning and end, most of the actors, contributed to make this movie very boring and disappointing. I really didn't enjoy it at all; I just wanted the movie to finish.