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Mandieta6

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Jist rewatched In Bruges because I'm going to Belgium this week and it's still awesome. Loved both of McDonagh's major films so far.
 

zentoz

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I love fantasy motion picture, the latest is 300 rise of an empire. This movie was amazing and let me go through middle edge. My next plan, I'll go see The Gods of Egypt...Can't wait anymore
 

Mandieta6

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Oh good, so I someone else just saw it, too. I went to see it yesterday without many expectations but was still quite disappointed. Leo has done much more complex and interesting characters and this is hardly his best work. I can see him winning it like Scorcese won with The Departed, based on past merit. Damon wasn't that good either so it's not a good pool of performances. Maybe Redmayne wins it because of the subject matter, though. Hardy was more impressive, and so was Gleeson, frankly.

The movie was pretty enough but Macbeth was far better in that regard and this was simply way too long. I found The Martian, Interstellar and Wolf of Wall Street to be worse sinners in terms of length, but this was still too long.

I just don't like slow-burn Westerns and revenge quests and this offered nothing new to make it appealing.

Decent as a movie, disappointing as an alleged top film of the year candidate. I honestly don't give a shit if the shooting was difficult as those who suffer most are not those will be rewarded for it.
 

Sir Didier Drogba

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You see I like slow burn westerns, long movie and revenge quests - but what I really dont like is 'survival' movies, one man against the wild kind of stuff (like cast away or rescue dawn or that one with robert redford on a boat), I get it that it requires a nuanced, dialogue free performance and technical accuracy to be believable, but I just don't enjoy or find it thrilling or entertaining. I didn't like DiCaprio's character, was too much of an 'all round good guy' for a modern western, too much of a 'modern sensitive man' for a classic western, not layered at all, didn't really empathise with him, didnt feel his anguish.

I enjoyed some scenes, both at the beginning and back in the fort, mostly the few scenes which were dominated by humans rather than nature, but even the presentation of the indians annoyed me - I get that it's wrong to just use them as a faceless savage enemy like in the john wayne days, but at the same time I found the huge over effort to bestow them with nobility and moral highground a bit smarmy and sickly. Even the very ending (not the final clash, which I thought was good, but the bit after) seemed cliched and unnecessary. In fact did the film really need that 'missing indian princess' sub plot at all?

I did enjoy that the french were portrayed as horrible, inhuman monsters - seems it not ok to do that to the indians any more but just fine to do it with the french.

EDIT: in a movie all about trying to be credible I also found it totally unbelievable that the commander would even think about letting Hardy's character stay back with the injured dicaprio, I mean what was gonna happen must have been even more obvious to the characters as it was to the audience
 

yoyo913

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Wasn't too impressed either. Saw it last weekend. The scenery, violence, and acting were great but Leo didn't have much to work with. I thought the plot was lacking, not much depth there. It's as if they set out to create a movie with beautiful scenery and violence and then came up with the story as an after thought.
 

Sir Didier Drogba

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I loved Birdman. This was not the kind of movie I would expect from the same director at all; it really didn't feel like 'his' movie, I guess I respect taking on a different challenge but for me it just ended up overblown
 

Mandieta6

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Both involved a greater onus on shot composition than any other aspect in the film and I continue to assert that a film where you spend so long aware of the cinematography suggets a lack in story and character. I liked Birdman but, like Revenant, it was propped up as a masterpiece when its ancillary qualities dominate over the actual meat.
 

Mandieta6

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Not lacking as in non-existent but lacking as in overshadowed by aeshtetics which is a big no-no in my eyes. When you think back at Birdman, when I talk to people about it, it is the long-shot format that people bring up first.

I believe you when you say the film gains a lot through previous knowledge of Raymond Carver (though I haven't read Carver so can't corroborate it myself) but as a stand-alone piece I think it was nothing more than a 'good' film.
 

Sir Didier Drogba

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Ah you see for me the aesthetic advancements were the least important part of it - I hardly even noticed it was all 'one shot' and I wouldn't have liked it any less if it wasn't
 

Alex

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I didn't notice the single shot thing at all. Only knew because people mentioned it
 


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