What a waste of everybody's time and money! They were trying to make a Kafka-esque movie being surreal and off-the-charts insane. I'll give them "A" for effort because it was strange and there were so many unexpected situations, and the makeup was oustanding - but they still failed. This guy gets in a limo and makes stops. Each stop is planned by somebody/some group. The guy emerges from the limo with a scripted event, makeup/costumes/prosthetics to be an entirely different person. A scenario is acted out and he gets back in the limo to go to the next appointment. Presumably, some body or group is watching on camera. I kept thinking: "This guy has more personalities, masks and wigs than Tracey Ullman.", but I also kept thinking, "Why? Why are they doing this? Why should we care?" Sometimes it was just so far-fetched and idiotic the audience just burst out laughing at how pretentious and preposterous a situation was - particularly near the end. The final scene was so stupid people gasped at the nerve of the writers/director to put something that silly on the screen while pretending it was art or clever (or something). I'm sure the movie had some deep-seated message I was supposed to get out of the situations, but it certainly escaped me.
An entertaining film full of suspense. It's visually quite attractive. It has a lot of flaws, but it's worth the time to see it, even if it's on cable rather than in the theater. It's not great and I did expect more from Ang Lee. It's over-hyped everywhere - even the movie posters claim it outdoes Avatar. It's OK, but nowhere near as great as the promotion would have you believe.
@ oydave, "The dog days are (not) over."
@mrgjr No not the production value of a made for TV movie, but just tried to hard to reboot the movie and got a bit lost.
Remember when they remade GOOD movies?
This makes me want to consider it
So it's like a WB produced feature?
If it's good, that makes one in a row for Ang Lee.
Not just a great comic book film, or a great superhero film but a great film period. "The Avengers" was simply fantastic, excellent review Curt.
I ran across this movie on tv while feeling down and out about my continual job loss in my middle aged years along with health issues and no insurance . I did not see the beginning sadly but this movie captured and held my attention to the end! I had no idea until the end that it was a true story and that stabbed my heart to read on the screen that it was. I can't get over how this happened to that woman to be so enslaved but I know that it has happened in many other places in the U.S. during those times and many other times befor and after thening e 1940s. Era to my people. I just don't know if I could have survived that happening to me but she did for the sake of her children especially if it was indeed true the part in the movie where the white man said he would burn down the home where she and her mother and children lived if he did not go with her when he always came to get her. I will try to find this book in the library to read about it. Yes Ms Arnold deserves to be awarded for her portrayal in this movie and it needs to be on screens in theaters all over this country!
A wonderful movie of great humor and great charm. Helen Hunt and John Hawkes were superb. The supporting cast is perfect. A serious topic - sex surrogate and paralyzed patient - handled with great aplomb and a lot of laughs. In a year of some superb films, this is another Oscar contender for best movie, best actor, best actress and best director. Another must-see film.
The description in the review seems like at least a 3 rating.
oh like sarandons rack isnt enough?
Thanks for having the GUTS to be a super hero.
There are too many that are willing to stand by and not say anything as they are too worried about being politically correct.
You and Bill Cosby would make a good dynamic duo :)
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A gem of a movie. Tommy Lee Jones is at his best in the poignant and heartfelt tale of a couple in marriage trouble. Even if the plot is somewhat expected and conventional, the dialogue and actors aren't. Mr. Jones is a strong contender for a best actor Oscar as is the screenplay and director. Meryl is good in the role and makes it a must-see movie. It is a romantic comedy and there are funny moments, but they aren't belly laughs, just laughs of recognition.
If the movie stars Clarke Peters and Jules Brown, why aren't they listed in the sidebar box under either "Stars" or "Cast"? Weird...
If you don't feel queasy, you're not watching Cronenberg.
One of a handful of living masters.
He doesn't make date night movies...and that's OK.
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