This weekend I saw four very good and out of the ordinary films. Well at least I would say three of them were. Two of which I’ve been wanting to see for quite long and two wildcards. I’ll post them in no particular order and I’ll leave it to you to figure out which is which. Mud, Her, American Hustle and Youth in Revolt.
First, American Hustle. Great lineup of actors, not so exciting as I might have wished for. Sure, it was entertaining and passionate, but the pacing was actually a bit slow. It was about Irving and Sydney’s relationship as much as it was about the whole con thing. Walk the Line combined with Ocean’s Eleven, just not as good as any of them. Great soundtrack though, and great acting. I actually like all of the actors in this movie. I mean come on, look at the cast list. Christian Bale (who this time PUTS ON weight). Amy Adams. Jeremy Renner. Jennifer Lawrence. Bradley Cooper. And what about the hairdos?! Come on! Perhaps the best thing in the entire movie, I kid you not, haha. Just look!
I particularly like Jeremy’s. Haha. Maybe I should use my fluffy piece of hair that way as well? If you can’t look good, better look ridiculous! But yeah, as for the movie as a whole, totally worth seeing. If only for the clothes and hairdos. Or Bradley Cooper. He’s a handsome mother fucker, I tell you.
I don’t know what it’s with Michael Cera. He shares my name but that’s about all we have in common. He always plays the nerd but for some reason he gets to be a really cool and successful nerd. Which is awesome I guess because it lights hope for us nerds out there. We too can be heroic and achieve things. In Youth in Revolt he has this funny alter ego called Francois, who kind of reminds me about Hank in Me, Myself & Irene. He’s not as funny though but he surely gets stuff done. The movie is sweet and unique in its own way and again, great soundtrack. I think I like it because it is unique and not because the content is super good in any way. It can’t be compared with other movies Cera has starred in like Scott Pilgrim and Juno, but for me it’s above your average movie.
Two actresses from Youth in Revolt actually star in this next film I’m going to talk about, namely Her. I missed seeing this on the big screen but that doesn’t matter that much since I think it’s a movie best seen at home – alone, with a close friend or your partner. And it’s definitely a must buy and probably one of the best movies from 2013. This movie could have been about me. Joaquin Phoenix even has a scar much like my own on his upper lip. But of course he looks better, though that’s a completely different topic. I love his acting though! Wow, I really do. He can portray emotions so very well. Gladiator, Walk the Line and now this. From hate to love.
What’s so special about it? Well first and foremost the main topic is both fundamental yet sensational. Love. Which just happens to be a topic in all of this weekend’s movies. But not just any love, but love for an AI, a digital thing. Which provokes the mind a bit, and makes you ask the question what it takes to love? Does it have to be a certain gender? Does it have to be physical? Do you need a face? A voice? I’ve had feelings for persons I’ve never met but only talked to textually and verbally. So this appeals to me. It also deals with moving on which also hits home for me. But it’s also about friendship, growing together, growing apart, inability to express one’s feelings, daily life and the digital world.
Apart from the main topic and subtopics it’s also great because of how it’s shot and the music. I really like the scenography. It just feels very soft and nice. And it’s all very intimate. The score is great as well. Both the background music and the songs. I feel like I want to see this movie all over again and experience what it has to offer again since I was a bit drunk when seeing it. Not that it took away from the experience in any way but yeah. It feels like a movie you definitely can watch twice, even three times. Joaquin is great. So is Amy Adams. And even though Rooney is only in it briefly I really like her as well. Very pretty. And they all play their roles so well. Feels like their characters and emotions exist.
But yeah, eventually I guess it comes down to whether you can relate to it in some way and for me that’s what sells it to me. I came in expecting a different kind of love story but I didn’t expect for it to deliver so much more. More on the realistic side of things. So yeah, great!
Sometimes I think I have felt everything I’m ever gonna feel. And from here on out, I’m not gonna feel anything new. Just lesser versions of what I’ve already felt.
Couldn’t have said it better myself.
Dear Catherine, I’ve been sitting here thinking about all the things I wanted to apologize to you for. All the pain we caused each other. Everything I put on you. Everything I needed you to be or needed you to say. I’m sorry for that. I’ll always love you ’cause we grew up together and you helped make me who I am. I just wanted you to know there will be a piece of you in me always, and I’m grateful for that. Whatever someone you become, and wherever you are in the world, I’m sending you love. You’re my friend to the end. Love, Theodore.
Lastly we have Mud. I can’t say that I’ve been a fan of Matthew Mcconaughey’s before. Much less been able to spell his name. But I finally learnt! Maybe because he put in a real stellar performance in this movie. It’s about a young kid, probably in his early teens if not younger, and his friend that lives on the banks of a river in Arkansas. Whilst on an adventure on an island in the river they find a boat in the tree which they decide to claim as their own. Turns out there’s already someone living there though and this man is someone who calls himself Mud. This far into the movie it doesn’t seem so exciting. But the longer you watch the better it becomes. Really.
The best thing about this movie is perhaps that it tells how life is never black or white. There’s always grey areas. The character of Mud definitely shows this and Matthew brings him to life wonderfully. It doesn’t matter what he’s done in his past, it’s what he does now and how he interacts with the young boys that matters. I also like how it’s dirty, just like the name of the movie implies. It’s not sugarcoated in any way. It’s life. Both good and bad. Sometimes beautiful even though it really hurts.
Perhaps it could have gained from not being as long as it was. Sure it didn’t feel like wasted time but I think the story could have been told in less than two hours. Apart from that, positively surprised. I want to see more from Mcconaughey. Maybe I should pick up True Detective as my next TV series?