Overall pretty good film with a great acting performance by Angelina Jolie. This might, in fact, be the best performance in her career so far.
While this "true story" is definitely interesting and worth telling, I think the film does struggle to keep the viewers attention. It has an element of mystery to it that grasped my interest, but at about the 90 minutes mark this mystery is pretty much solved and then the film takes another 45 minutes to come to closure.
[SPOILER]And it still leaves the main question of where her son is open at the end. It doesn't even mention if he was ever found.[/SPOILER]
At 10/24/13 05:20 PM, TheMaster wrote:
At 10/24/13 05:12 PM, Auz wrote:
By the way, Once Upon a Time in America is still the #1 worst film when it comes to runtime for me. It seemed to me like it was really a conscious directors choice they made beforehand to make it 4 hours long. There's five minutes of just an elevator coming down and that sort of nonsense.I have to say, I've had that sitting on my shelf for a while now, and the run time does put me off. It shouldn't, because some of my favourite films of all time run over the 200 minute mark, but it's still a barrier. Something you have to set aside time for in advance, not something you can just grab when you want to stick something on.
I think there's a 139 minutes US cut somewhere which might be easier to watch, but if you already got the long version sitting on your shelf...
But yeah, I know that feeling. I was watching the The Human Condition (Ningen no Jôken) trilogy with my girlfriend, but it's been two years and we still haven't gotten to part 3. The 3 hours runtime of each of these films is really putting us off.
If it was anything like Star Wars or LOTR we might not have minded the runtime, but this is a pretty slow paced drama series which makes it feel extra long.