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This film is beautifully acted and shot and the three hours do not seem to drag at all. Paul Thomas Anderson in my opinion is one of the best young directors about and I look forward to all his films. The cast is amazing with superb performances from in particuliar John C Reilly, Julianne Moore and Tom Cruise. In what is an unusual role for Mr Cruise he plays a very eccentric character and he performs it very well displaying great emotion in later scenes with his dad.
The music also plays a big part in the film as most of it is done by Aimee Mann. Their is one song of hers which is played out in the middle of the film with all the major characters singing along to it in their own environments.
I think a lot of people would be put off by the running time and also with understanding what the film is mainly about. My own opinion is that it just tells us that peoples lives get tangled up with others not for any mysterious reasons but just because of coincidences. I would put this film in my all time top ten.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
It took me many years to finally get round to watching this but i am now very glad i did. I am a big Kubrick fan anyway so I was expecting great things and as soon as i became aware it was directed by him I knew I should view it. The scale of this film is amazing and it is hard to believe it was made so many years ago. Although slightly dated in terms of todays special effects it was a remarkable achievement of its time.
The film looks at evolution and how far it could take us. It also shows the difference between artificial life and humans and how they can cause problems and not always be trusted. I like this film because it certainly makes you think about life in the grander scale while also leaving things open to interpretation at the end.