I didn't really like [i]Blue Valentine[/i] and consequently didn't really have high expectations going into this necessarily. It's certainly messy and imperfect but I still liked a lot about it almost grudgingly. I really love how it builds and expands in scope and ambition as the film goes on. I also really really love that what Cianfrance seems to be going for here is the stuff of classic tragedy... fathers and sons, the inability to escape one's past and how…
OMG, how hot is Andy Lau here!!! But the other Lau is great here also. I was so happy seeing him play a good responsible guy for a change and the two of them have great chemistry. Plus, it's a lot subtler than the others i've seen so far... the film relies a lot on our understanding of these characters and their thought processes. Needed more Lam perhaps but still really great even without that. Really fun.