A fun and sweet little indie movie about a crazy (or not that crazy) dude who is building a time machine and the trio of “journalists” who are trying to write a story about him.
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It’s an effective and rough film about the brilliant sweet start and death of a love story. It’s told in flashbacks where we meet the struggling couple and their daughter and then we see in spurts and pieces how they met, fell in love and ended up married. Scenes and bits of dialogue are framed in a very effective way. They made me feel almost uncomfortable watching them at times. It’s also a testament to the really excellent work of Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams who deliver probably some of their best performances.
The story is very interesting, the performances all around -especially Philip Seymour Hoffman- are fantastic and Aaron Sorkin’s script and dialogue is sharp and smart. I am not sure how close to “real events” the script is, but it makes sense and in the end it really does not matter. I was into it from the first five minute up to the closing credits.
The first 20 minutes in black and white are very well done and the transition to the colorful Oz is nice. I like the China Girl as well as the monkey, but other than that there is not much going on here and it certainly is not memorable. The finale works too but it’s that hour between the first and last 20 minutes that are a bore.
The Hunger Games is one of those films made specifically for the fan base of kids who read the books that it really does not work well for anyone else. It plunges headlong into the “tribute” selection and the tournament that we are left in the dust as to who exactly are these people. A few quick and silent flashbacks keep hinting at the “something” between the Katniss and Pita characters but really we get nothing other than…wha? He threw her a loaf of bread? Did they know each other? Same is true about the rest of the characters who pop in and die and we are supposed to care about them (Rue?). By the time the mutant crazy pig-dogs show up, I could not care who lived or died.
Excellent romantic film with a set of real characters and excellent performances. I did not expect to enjoy this as much as I did but it really has a great balance of human drama, comedy and good old fashioned (slightly unstable and unbalanced) romance.