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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.
While it's political correctness may not be quite up to par, Billy Bob Thornton's creation here is simply stunning. So utterly human, so sympathetic and considerate to all peoples, misfits and outcasts alike. It's a mesmerizing parable of good and evil confined within the poetic Southern-style storytelling few directors have managed to capture. It's simplicity lends a sort of obviousness to the narrative, something I think was intentional on Thornton's part. The beauty of the film lies in it's patience, in it's plodding pace and authentic atmosphere. These strengths may have been overshadowed if the narrative was a tad more riveting, a bit more reliant on excitement and unpredictability. You know from the beginning what will happen, but seeing the…
"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…
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 review may contain 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…
My apologies in advance because this really isn't a review.
There are only three movies I can think of that I know I can never truly analyze. Deliverance, Grease, and Sling Blade are all thoroughly connected to my past in somewhat traumatic ways despite having never seen the films. I planned on going on my whole life without seeing any of them, but this semester, one of my professors put it on his syllabus as a film we're required to watch so that was that. Maybe I'll go into my issues with Deliverance or Grease some other time, but with Sling Blade... well, it's required to give context in this review.
When I was a senior in high school, a…
Great performance by Thornton.
I reckon them was quite some feels I felt.
Thorton, well played.
Immediately going to watch the short after seeing this.
I don't think I've cried and laughed simultaneously this much ever while watching a film. Billy Bob was flawless!
What a performance by Billy Bob Thornton! The plotting is nothing new, but execution is very well done.
French Fried Potaters. Mmmhmmm.
This movie is: Emotional
Billy Bob Thornton was amazing in this, as well as everyone else. Karl is such an interesting character and one you have sympathy for despite his past. Though you can almost sense that the ending is coming, it is told in such a riveting and poignant way that it still leaves an impact.
Help me out with this one guys.
"It's Mission Impossible!" is the true peak of cinéma.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!