Apr 28, 2010

Brothers

Today I was meant to see The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, but they didn't have any in my nearest Makuuni. Shame, I need to go check again soon! I really want to see it, though I'm afraid I won't like it. Terry Gilliam can do very weird things, sometimes too weird (e.g. a film called Brazil...). But there are at least four reasons to see the film: Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law. Enough for me!

So, plan B was to watch this film that has been on my must see -list for quite a while now.



Brothers (2009)


Directed by Jim Sheridan. Starring Tobey Maguire, Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhaal.

Long story short: Captain Sam Cahill is captured by the enemy in Afganistan. Back home, his family is told that he has died. Sam's brother Tommy, who's just recently got out of prison, does his best to take care of Sam's wife Grace and his two daughters. Eventually Sam returns back home, but he's not himself anymore. He's messed up, paranoid, haunted by what he did, refusing to tell Grace what happened (and looking like a skeleton, I might add).

So. It's Spiderman, Padme Amidala and Jack Twist all together in this excellent drama about family and war. First I have to compliment the cast. That nerdy Peter Parker is all grown up, I've never seen Tobey Maguire like this before. He's excellent, and I'm a bit surprised this wasn't acknowledged in the Oscars. He's very greepy at times, but also well showing the love he has for his family. Natalie Portman then... Everytime I see her in other films than the Star Wars prequels, I can't help wondering what made her act so badly in those three. Because she really is more than able to channel emotions in a believable and touching way! What was that cheesy, corny, phony "Anakin, you're breaking my heart!" horidness?? My guess is, George Lucas, mostly. With all due respect, George, of course! I love Star Wars anyway. And finally, the wonderful lovely Jake Gyllenhaal with those eyelashes I can't get enough of! Ah. No, but seriously, I liked that he played a bit darker character this time, with a bit of an edge! Those tattoos looked good on him, but despite his bad boy image, he still had warmth in him. But well, no matter what he does, his performance in Brokeback Mountain will always be his best in my book. Can't beat Jack Fucking Twist.

The characters were all great, real and easy to like. I just loved those two little girls! And even Sam and Tommy's dad got some of my sympathies, although he was a bit of an a-hole. The plot was interesting, and I was gripped by it the whole time. I cried a bit, I laughed and smiled, I was shocked, I was nervous... The end came too soon, I wanted to know more. I don't know if that's a sign of a bad ending or a good movie (a bit of both, probably), but I felt too many things were left unfinnished. Despite that, a very good film. I can warmly recommend it to everyone.

"I don't know who said 'only the dead have seen the end of war'. I have seen the end of war. The question is: can I live again?"



I read that they are planning on doing another Ring movie - in 3D, of course, are there other options nowadays... Why am I already sick with this 3D phenomenon? (Maybe because it makes my eyes hurt. I'm afraid my last Harry Potter experiences will be ruined because of it.) What's wrong with 2D? Nothing. Sure, sometimes 3D works well, but come on. If they really are going to re-release Titanic in 3D (and I'm sure they will, James Cameron likes money a bit too damn much. It's a shame he did Titanic, otherwise I could dislike him without boundaries...), I of course have go and see it, because Titanic on a big screen just has to be experienced, but couldn't they release a good old 2D version too? Please? Pretty please? It would make more money, my dearest James!

Hmm. I believe I was talking about the Ring sequel. Although I believe it might be a prequel! Since they kind of eliminated the change of Samara returning in the second one... But well, they said they found a loophole. Great. Anyway, that sweet little girl crawling out of the tv and practically out of the screen too sounds pretty scary. No way I would see it in cinema. Or who knows.

4 comments:

Vee said...

Uih, Titanic tulossa uudestaan teattereihin?? Pakko mennä katsomaan vaikka kuinka olisi 3D. Ei kyllä silti ihan kaikkea tarvitsisi tehdä 3D:nä... Etenkin tuollaiset "päälleliimatut" efektit hiukan epäilyttävät.

Dr. Parnassuksen kävin alkuvuodesta katsomassa teatterissa. Piti lähteä Helsinkiin asti kun eihän se tänne tullut (paitsi luonnollisesti sitten pari viikkoa Helsingin reissun jälkeen...). Ihan jänskähän se oli, mutta Johnnya oli kyllä ihan liian vähän (vaikkei muissakaan herroissa valittamista ole!).

Mutta Brothers kuulostaa hyvältä! Odotan innolla, että se päätyy alelaareihin, jolloin minäkin raaskin sen ostaa ;)

(Ja piti tosiaan taas harjoitella sitä enkkua, mutta muistin sen vasta tässä vaiheessa... No käyhän se suomeksikin :D)

Eeva said...

(Käyhän tämä kielellä kuin kielellä. :D)

Kyllä vain, tuollaisia uutisia olen lukenut. Vuodeksi 2012 ne sitä kaavailee, kun törmäyksestä tulee kuluneeksi 100 vuotta... Pakkohan se on nähdä, vaikka mielelläni en tuekaan Cameronin rahanahnehtimista, haha.

newwie said...

Hmm, pitää varmaan koettaa voittaa omat Natalie Portman -ennakkoluulot joskus. Koska joo, mullakin ne johtuvat Star Warseista :D

Eeva said...

Joo, armaista Star Warseista saa kyllä aika väärän kuvan sen taidoista. :D Tässä Brothersissa tai vaikka Closerissa se on oikeasti aika hyvä!

"You're going down a path I can't follow, boo hoo!" Yäks. :D

Ps. Kiva kun kommentoit beib!