Week five is time for one of the big categories: comedy. I'm hoping for some good nominations.
Leaves of Grass
An Ivy League professor is lured back to his Oklahoma hometown, where his twin brother, a small-time pot grower, has concocted a scheme 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.
Doesn't look like I'll watch lots of films this summer...
Okay, Edward Norton is fabulous as usual. His acting, and playing the roles of identical twin brothers, whose personalities are polar opposites, which I assume is hard to do, was so well done. He always pulls off a great performance. Taking on different accents, different styles and looks, different walks and mannerisms, and overall lifestyles was incredible. It truly shows why he's one of my favourite actors. He does well in everything he does. He's just incredibly talented in all sorts of roles.
That being said, my rating for the movie is pretty average. Not bad, but not good. Excluding the performance of Norton, the film wasn't actually that good. There were so many plot holes. It was incredibly disappointing.…
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.
If you can make it through the first 20 minutes or so you will be rewarded with a very entertaining little story. Ed Norton puts in a great performance as his marijuana growing country twin, but there is also an interesting cast of supporting characters including Susan Saradon, Richard Dreyfuss, Steve Earle and Tim Blake Nelson. Like its title it has more to do with the American Poetry of Walt Whitman than a Pot Comedy, changing genres unexpectedly while praising nature and the individual human's role in it. One of those films that takes a spell to get comfy with, but the more time you spend in it's company the more you like it.
As always great acting from Edward Norton. Too bad the story didn't do much for me.
Doesn't look like I'll watch lots of films this summer...
A pretty decent movie. I found it kinda amateurish all throughout, let it be the technical aspects, the musical cues or the acting. Norton did a solid job as the classical philosophy professor who has been trying as hard as he can to avoid his past life, including ignoring his family members but when he plays as the twin brother, who is a Southerner who sells very well made weed for a living and is about to get married, I couldn't be as invested in the movie due to how tacky the performance was, complete with Norton faking a Southerner accent. Yet as the movie goes by, I became invested in it and didn't mind the amateurness of it all…
It meanders pleasantly along and then after the halfway point gets pretty damn good. Everyone does a good job in this and I'm glad I didn't change the channel when it came on.
Used to be that Edward Norton doing double role duty indicated that a movie was going to be good or at least worth noting, and while this one is eminently watchable, due largely to Norton's continued ability to make silly acting acrobatics believable, the outsized approach to criminals and violence was smirky in that horrible mid 90's way, like someone thought 'True West' might be cooler without any pathos. An argument will someday be made that this is a forgotten Norton gem from the 'in the wilderness' phase of his career when he alienated both Hollywood and viewers, but that movie is actually 'Stone'.
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