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Leaves of Grass
Drugs, Murder, and Brotherly Love.
An Ivy League professor returns home, where his pot-growing twin brother has concocted a plan to take down a local drug lord.
I'm in a state of shock right now. I... this movie... I... I need some capital letters stream of consciousness up ins:
SO THERE'S TWO EDWARD NORTONS, ONE THAT COLLEGE GIRLS WANT TO FUCK WITH LATIN, AND THE OTHER ONE THAT'S FORREST GUMP MIXED WITH NIC CAGE FROM DRIVE ANGRY AND ALSO HIGH ALL THE TIME AND THEN SOME REALLY WEIRD SHIT HAPPENS AND YOU CANT TELL IF ANY OF THE LAUGHS ARE INTENTIONAL OR NOT AND ITS KINDA AWFUL AND KINDA GENIUS AND AT SOME POINT EDWARD NORTON MAKES THIS FACE WHEN HE GETS HIGH AND OH MY GOD
Okay that sums it up. I have no idea how good this movie is, but fuck me it's an experience.
I was asked to watch this by a friend of mine, who didn't exactly know whether he liked it or not. And I understand completely why he feels that way, because while Leaves of Grass is a pretty uneven film with some majorly over-the-top moments it's still not a bad movie by any means.
Edward Norton's double performance as two very different twin brothers is very good, and the rest of the cast put in good performances as well, that's not the issue. Neither is Tim Blake Nelson's direction, that's a guy I like, and he also star in the film.
However, the story is a bit too outlandish and there's too much going on that don't really lead anywhere in the end. The pacing could also be better, as I found myself bored in some parts of it. In the end the whole thing is slightly forgettable, despite the overall good performances. It's a decent watch, but nothing special.
Enjoyable. Double Ed Norton is no bad thing.
Having two Edward Norton's in a film intrigued me to watch this as he is an awesome actor.
Tim Blake Nelson does a great job in directing, it's just a shame that it went OTT in the last 20mins.
Very quirky and worth watching once but will be forgotten.
Leaves of Grass directed by Tim Black Nelson. Starring Edward Norton, Richard Dreyfuss and Tim Black Nelson.
Good film with charm of simplistic tone put into it. At the very moment it digs out sinister truth in a lovely laid-out background of Southeastern of Oklahoma.
During watching this film, which is full of excellent performance from Edward Norton----I could recall 'Winter's Bone' (which entertained me similarly).
Leaves of Grass is an uncertain movie. It's a dark comedy that isn't always successful at balancing between the dark and the comic. It's a movie full of clashes of culture and beliefs and the results are usually violent. Surprisingly violent really.
At times this movie plays like a straight comedy and at others it's a thriller and at others it's a drama. And it seems at times to be going in all directions at once leading to a very uneven viewing experience. Thankfully it has Edward Norton at its centre, and he keeps it from going completely off course.
Playing twin brothers Norton's performances are both solid, but as the fish out of water philosophy professor Bill he is…
Though there is clearly a lot of philosophical depth to Leaves of Grass, a lot if it was lost on me on my first viewing so I'll probably have to revisit it at some point (not a criticism). Norton gives two great performances in his dual-role that has way more substance than mere gimmick, but the odd tonal shifts and forced romance mire the film slightly.
I take notes on every movie I watch, including the date I watched it. Apparently I watched this on September 14, and thought it had “spotty pacing and tone”. I will just have to trust my notes on this one, because I can barely remember anything about this “dark comedy whose darkness and comedy don't always match well”.
Una semplice commedia, dove un uomo ordinario, chiuso e annoiato (anche se non lo ammetterebbe mai) della sua vita, torna dopo anni di distanza dalla sua famiglia e grazie al fratello (gemello) fattone e fancazzista si ricorda che nella vita si può rischiare, gioire e divertirsi un po' di più.
Niente di nuovo, ma il doppio Edward Norton, una scrittura intelligente con un paio di momenti poetici (ma non eccessivamente retorici), e la forte presenza di marijuana e Walt Whitman lo ergono sopra la media del genere.
Sotto sotto questo film mi è rimasto nel cuore, come tutti i film teneri e sinceri che vedi a sedici anni.
A charming, off-the-wall comedy with some kind of interesting "What does it all mean?" themes and a killer soundtrack. The *smartness* of the writing definitely worked for me in parts, and fell completely flat in others. His free-spirited poet love interest was a complete disaster -- poorly written, poorly acted, poorly developed, made me want to "split my cicada skin".
Tone is key in any film, obviously, but it takes on a more central role in a dramedy like this. And in terms of tone, this is sort of a disaster, but it's not like it's independent elements (drama and comedy) have much to offer apart from each other either. Dramatically it's nothing more than stilted sentimentality drug along at a pace dictated by it's rather lame plotting. Comically, it finds several moments, particularly anytime a Jewish person is on screen, but the comedy never builds, instead settling for a moment here and a moment there. Meanwhile, the philosophical blunders of the film matter here more than most because of its rather extreme pretension carried by a central character who embodies that same smug existence the film thinks it lives in.
"Leaves of Grass" is a film that polarized critics upon release. Half of them slammed it as a boring, messy attempt at moviemaking. The other hailed it as a masterpiece. Me personally, I'm with the 'masterpiece' group.
This is simply an exquisite film - one of 2009's best. Every aspect of this movie is teeming with effort and brains to boot. Director/co-star Tim Blake Nelson manages to overcome any and all Hollywood clichés that could have easily plagued this otherwise standard setup/characters. It manages to be an enormously ambitious film disguised as a wacky dramady and it succeeds, vastly.
The dialogue: so intelligent, so carefully written, so human. Listening to these characters deliver simple sentences in this film is an…
"What's your aversion to proper grammar?"
I did not expect any of that. I don't know exactly what I was expecting, but I don't remember ever seeing a movie that surprised me at almost every turn like this one. It's nice and twisted, I'll give it that...
Leaves of Grass - 8/10
Found this film by mistake last week, never heard of it before then. I am a big fan of almost everything I have seen starring Ed Norton so looked forward to watching this one.
I really enjoyed the performance from Ed Norton. I found him to be especially good as he played two characters - both were convincing as individuals.
The story was actually really interesting too, I didn't find myself wondering what was happening or wishing the time away.
If you haven't seen it, I reckon you should :)
I can't tell if this is a mess or a masterpiece.
Starts out like...I don't know what and unfolds like a Blood Simple type of deal with comedy that's not unlike the Coens.
But, it's also unlike anything I've seen in a while. Edward Norton is amazing as two brothers, one of them never really crossing the line into stereotype, despite threatening to throughout.
Such a bizarre movie. It's a great family drama, comedy, crime drama, drug movie, college movie.
And then it has some really goofy scenes and stuff I'm not sure was even meant to be played for laughs.
And Keri Russell.
I don't know what I expected from this movie, but it wasn't this.
Just a list of some pretty cool cover arts. I haven't seen most of these movies. Arranged (messily) by aesthetic.