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.
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.…
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.
The only thing better than Edward Norton, is two Edward Norton's.
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.
I'm rehashing the overexcited tweets I made following my first viewing of Tim Blake Nelson's "Leaves of Grass" but, y'know, they encapsulate what I'm trying to say pretty well. The three points are as follows;
1. Edward Norton shows the full breadth of his talent as a comedic and dramatic actor, playing two roles in a manner as revelatory as Nicolas Cage's not-dissimilar performances in "Adaptation". "Leaves of Grass" is the best two-brothers-one-actor movie that isn't "Adaptation". Is it even better? Well, I don't want to get ahead of myself, but it's a thought that occured to me.
2. "Leaves of Grass" is my kinda movie. I wasn't bored for a second of its duration, and was left pacing the…
bang bang motherfuckers
Edward Norton plays twins and it's about marijuana. Sounds pretty good, eh? It's not really.
Frustrating. Part stoner, part sibling movie. Feels like those involved were doing a favour.
BAKED, HALF-BAKED COMEDY
Leaves of grass is a goofy comedy directed by the goofy actor Tim Blake Nelson, it has a goofy disparate bunch of actors in the cast and it has more specifically Norton on a dual role, were he plays a goofy pot-head and wholesale grower who bites the dust in a highly goofy manner.
"Leaves Of Grass" is simply goofy in other words. I wouldn't call it particularly funny though but it has its charming elements making it pretty enjoyable throughout. It definitely bites off more than it can chew in terms of plot points, points that never come into fruition.
I was personally also a bit disappointed by the underdeveloped romance between Norton's character and Keri…
Not a bad little movie, but merely a footnote in the filmography of the nearly prolific Edward Norton. Very, very light comedy, I guess, but the laughs were few and far between, and barely even audible. Enjoyable and even a little dark as the story neared its end.
The trouble I have with this movie is its "message", which is uncomfortably shoe-horned into its last few minutes. We break the world so we must prepare it... repair it. Something like that. Eh. This just didn't fit into the established story - not very well, anyway.
Norton does double duty here as twin brothers, one a country hick who grows superior weed, and the other a college prof with prospects. Yeah, they end up together, one posing as the other, yadda yadda. You can see this coming a mile away. Still, it's not insultingly stupid. And the nasty turn near the end makes up for any previous predictability.
From philosophy to hydroponic grow-ops, director and all around recognizable character actor extraordinaire Tim Blake Nelson carves a comedic crime thriller out of his own humble Okie origins that perhaps acts as an extension of the two sides to his own psyche – the worldly intellectual thinker vs. the down-home rough and tumble bastard who just loves to get wasted and hang out with his buds. As in “pot”, but his friends along with those buds, sure. Edward Norton plays twin brothers (one Ivy League - Bill - one decidedly not so - Brady) whose estranged lives get tangled up in Brady's dumbass scheme to get a leg up on a cantankerous Tulsa drug kingpin (played with coarse alacrity by…
Had it ended 3 minutes earlier it would be a quarter to a half star better.
Great performance by Edward Norton as usual. Still perplexed by the bizarre turn the movie takes but otherwise its pretty solid.