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Year
2014
Runtime
119 min.
Director
Alejandro G. I
Genres
Drama, Comedy
Rating *
7.7
Votes *
477,031
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24,142
Favs
2,485
Dislikes
255
Favs/checks
10.3% (1:10)
Favs/dislikes
10:1
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  1. fonz's avatar

    fonz

    Yes the acting. That acting! Perfect? Acting! Certainly from Michael Keaton who gives absolutely everything he has into what is an excellent meta-commentary performance akin to that of Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler. Everyone else shines as much as they can in his shadow. Even Edward Norton's self-aware performance can barely match the former-Batman. Two former big screen superheroes go head-to-head, and the one who played an iconic DC hero beats out Marvel. Certainly a complete reversal of current reality.

    But that camerawork. Holy camerawork! Immediately I had to check Emmanuel Lubezki's CV to determine his current streak of absolute beauties and despite my not seeing all of his work going to the start of his career, I shall just say that including the weakness of some of the material that passes through his lens, his work is definitely the highlight of any film dud in his filmography. Does he ever take a break? Three released Terry Malick films, two to be seen, a Coen Bros. picture, and a couple of Alfonso Cuarón beauties. And that's just in the past ten years. He is literal fire right now, and coming off tons of praise for Gravity he looks to be in the absolute tops of his game.

    Some of the disguised cuts are a bit obvious, especially in the second half but that's not really the point here. You have to give props to Alejandro González Iñárritu for his audacity to make such a compelling film and let it come off well. As it's been said elsewhere, ever since his brilliant debut, Amores Perros, his movies have had a steady decline in quality. But here, even with a long "tracking shot" that lasts nearly the length of the film, time just slipped by.

    These are my initial impressions which came with an immediate desire to see it again. However, honeymoons do end and so with time, I might reevaluate my stance. But for now, this is the only film that I wanted to see this year that has actually exceeded my expectations.
    4 years ago
  2. DaztheDestitute's avatar

    DaztheDestitute

    Awesome performances, keaton was just incredible. Some of the best camera work ive ever seen in a film. Proud this was my first film of 2015. 3 years 10 months ago
  3. frankqb's avatar

    frankqb

    A brilliant summary of how our own desire to cheat death by living immortally through our marks on the world -- and the vanity this stems from -- leads to conflict with others attempting the same, or loss, maybe humility.

    Acting is incredible. Direction equally so. A unique score pounds throughout working on a few levels -- all meta-relavant to the discussion being had on screen: What do we talk about when we talk about anything?

    10 out of 10. Four stars. 5 stars. However many you need to understand the brilliance of this film.
    3 years 11 months ago
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