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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.
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.
"They turned me loose from the nervous hospital. Said I was well." ~ Karl
This was the launching point of actor Billy Bob Thornton's career as a writer-director, his first feature film. It won him an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay, in addition to a nomination for Best Actor. He plays Karl Childers, a mentally challenged inmate at a state psychiatric hospital, who gets released into the "real" world, perhaps a bit too soon.
As an adolescent, Karl murdered his mother and her lover with a "sling blade" used for weed cutting. As an adult, he has an aptitude for fixing small engines and has learned to read the Bible and a handful of other books, such as "A Christmas…
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!
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Slight downgrade—there's just no getting around the fact that it's really pretty squishy and sentimental at its core, like a version of Old Yeller in which Old Yeller shoots himself to save Travis. (At the same time, I'm incredibly susceptible to stories of self-sacrifice, so there is still that.) Thornton gives an amazing physical performance—not having seen this since it opened, I searched in vain for even a fleeting glimpse of his now-familiar "normal" face*—but Karl isn't a credible human being any more than Forrest Gump is. He's just superficially scarier. Forcefully reminded of what a strong director Thornton is, though—I wrote a Scenic Routes column that examines the opening monologue (J.T. Walsh's, not Thornton's) in detail, but his…
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.
The down falls of Sling Blade is that it is…
Simple and charming, but also complex, dark and haunting. BBT kept it simple - with long takes and standstill camerawork. I loved the simplicity of the dialogue. In a time where every line of every script tries to be edgy, it's refreshing to hear people talk like people. Kudos to John Ritter and Dwight Yoakam for being way more talented than I ever gave them credit for.
While cleaning out my closet. VHS.
Actors -- A
Direction -- B
Writing -- B
Music -- B
A masterpiece of drama as well as comedy.
Billy Bob Thornton the actor is great here, and he persuasively inhabits a unique character.
Billy Bob Thornton the writer/director doesn't fare as well, and the film vacillates between well-done moments (see: moments of bubbling domestic tension around the midway point) and a lot of sophomoric ones (see: that damned 90s synthesizer score).
A simple, emotional and powerful film about a simple man, his freedom and the people he meets on his journey.
The acting all round is great and Billy Bob Thornton is incredible as Karl Childers, the gentle and sweet man who has a killer streak.
Well worth a watch, it is close to greatness.
A simple man named Karl who was institutionalized most of his life in a mental facility is set loose.
Karl does not know anybody in his old home, but makes real fast progress: He finds work where he quickly builds a reputation, makes friends with a boy and his single mother, gets to know her gay friend (who introduces himself rapidly as gay, even though he emphasizes that this must stay secret) and so on.
The movie makes a big effort so that the audience can bond with the protagonist. I simply question its means: Just holding the camera on something and play quirky 1990s music does not work for that matter in Jim Jarmusch films and not here, too.…
God, y'all. I forgot just how fucking important and beautiful this movie is. It's been forever since I've seen it and I watched the director's cut, which is 12 minutes longer, but whatever, wow. Such a mind blowing experience. Billy Bob Thornton could make really bad movies for the rest of his life and Sling Blade will always come to mind when I think of him, and the fact that he created one of the most intelligent, funny and heartbreaking movies in modern cinema. THIS is how you do Southern Gothic. A poster of this film should be under the definition of Southern Gothic in every type of dictionary. Brilliant. And two decades later, it's still just as powerful.
Billy Bob Thornton does an incredible job.
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