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A simple man. A difficult choice.
Karl Childers is a mentally disabled man who has been in the custody of the state mental hospital since the age of 12 for killing his mother and her lover. Although thoroughly institutionalized, Karl is deemed fit to be released into the outside world.
In my not so humble opinion this is Billy Bob Thornton's Magnum Opus! He wrote, directed and played the mentally challenged character Karl Childers!
Billy Bob Thornton's chameleonesque abilities brought the most tragic and tormented character to life right before our very eyes in this mesmerizing southern gothic tale!
Would I watch it again? Yes, I've seen it many times!
Would you buy the dvd? Yes!
I've been having a hard time writing a review for this movie, so here are the highlights from my notes.
It really is amazingly written, and all the characters feel real in the depth and complexity of their personality and in the sense that none of them are obviously tied to any sort of ulterior plot motives. Somehow you can see reflections or contrasts of the protagonist in almost every character around him.
There's something about the minimalist cinematography (most shots are flat with few cuts) which lends to the realism of the story while also naturally highlighting the more artistic shots which function as turning points.
Billy Bob Thornton did an incredible job transforming himself for his role. I couldn't even "see" him for the first few scenes.
Written, Directed, and Staring Billy Bob Thornton is so well done I cannot count how many times i've seen it.
A film that i'm sure most people don't find as funny as I do.
One with such a tragic story but a character you instantly sympathize for.
A story of a friendship so powerful that I fall in love with this film over and over again.
The performance of Billy Bob Thornton is so great as Carl he manages to look different in simply changing the way he holds his mouth.
The film is nothing short of a masterpiece to me.
If you haven't seen it I highly recommend it be your next watch.
Not sure why I waited almost 20 years to finally see this movie. Billy Bob Thornton does an excellent job on three fronts....acting, writing and directing. Dwight Yoakam is excellent as the abusive boyfriend...John Ritter is another standout. I liked the movie but it is probably one of those movies were one time is enough...can not see ever revisiting this movie again. The 40th Robert Duvall movie that I have watched.
This in my opinion is the least talked about, greatest films I've ever seen. The performance BBT gives in this has to be the best I've seen. The story, the acting, and the characters, I loved everything about this film!
Billy Bob Thornton's most well known directed film and his directorial debut was actually pretty good. The way the camera was directed was with a lot of patience, and how you have long takes, but the camera wouldn't be moving, it'll just be focused on a dramatic conversation which it added a whole lot of depth to the dialogue filled movie. The performances by Thornton was stunning and believable, along with the writing, which was also done by Thornton very well. The supporting cast is great, and the cinematography and tone was fantastic. Like I said before, I loved the patient camera work. The pacing was actually very good too.
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Can't believe I've waited this long to see this. It was so good. Funny. Ending was evident from at least the halfway point but that is OK.
SO WEIRD. Goes to the absolute extremes of sentimentality and unsentimentality, and then just plunks the contradiction down in front of us and walks away.
Billy Bob Thornton is acting that awesome, you cant identify him.
I thoroughly enjoyed this film. Billy Bob Thornton not only wrote and directed this movie but he also starred in it. His, as well as the other casts" performance, was amazing. Definitely a "must see"!
There are films that can be described as being dependent on a central performance, and then there's Sling Blade.
I'm typically a big picture guy when it comes to reviewing a film. I don't tend to focus on a laundry list of items such as cinematography, acting, directing, etc. Instead, I focus on the way the film made me feel, and the overriding aspect that will resonate with me over time. From time to time I come across a film in which bringing up an acting performance not only crosses my mind, but is essential in any reference to said film. Thankfully, such is very much the case here.
The story follows the character of Karl Childers and his release…
A depressing, arresting character story involving a former killer, who is let back into society once he serves his time. Billy Bob Thornton's incredibly restrained performance is what keeps this movie interesting, he creates a character so broken from his former life, and now his new one, that the only thing that matters in his life (that being Lucas Black's character) is worth fighting for. You'll probably see the ending coming from a mile away, but it is definitely a fitting one. Great acting all-around, from Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, John Ritter, and Lucas Black as the boy who befriends Thornton, this is an impressive movie. Don't watch it if you don't like sad stories, this is definitely a somber tale of a man who doesn't know where he fits in a world that is "to big" for him, as he says himself.
NOMINATED Best Actor
Billy Bob Thornton
WON 🏆🏆🏆 Best Adapted Screenplay
Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thorton's best movie so far!
As an actor, Billy Bob Thornton completely inhabits Karl with a posture, walk, stare and drawl that rarely feels like acting and always being. As a writer-director, he's created a measured work of such unerring honesty— never giving into artificial pretensions on love, evil, atonement and how violence can desecrate all life. It's also such a resolutely human film as well. A number of good people are willing to distance themselves from Karl's violent past and recognize a gentle soul in search of his place in the world. It's amazing how that kind of generosity never rings false here. Naturally, the ending can be seen from early on, but Thornton's method and thought still carry the expected hack-hack with a powerful emotional charge. I hadn't watched this in over a decade and finally putting in my Blu-ray was so rewarding.
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