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.
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!
If you've ever wanted to watch a movie where Billy Bob Thornton and Robert Duvall have a ten minute "act off", then Sling Blade is the film for you.
An extremely slow paced but well written story where the relationships and performances decorate the screen time like precious gems.
Like mentally deficient precious gems.
I've never been one for slow people in films. Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump, Michael Clark Duncan in The Green Mile, Leonardo DiCaprio in What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Sandra Bullock in Speed. Mentalists make me feel sad. It seems like the easiest heartstring for a film maker to manipulate and it usually leaves me feeling cynical if not executed tastefully (the performance... not the retard).
I don't know what to say about a film that already speaks volumes for itself. I didn't expect any of this. This is filmmaking at its absolute best.
The story of Sling Blade begins when Karl Childers, a mentally disabled murderer, is preparing for release from the state mental hospital. He's doing an interview with a girl who's writing an article on his story for the school paper.
When Karl opened his mouth that first time, immediately chills ran all up and down my spine. There is something about his voice, something in his voice, rather, that gives you this feeling. And I can't really tell you what kind of feeling it is, because I don't even know what to…
It's been years and years since I saw this the first time and I always remembered it being really good but I didn't realise just how good it was. Billy Bob Thornton gives one of the best performances I have ever seen, I'm lost for words on how to sum it up, utterly magnificent. Karl's story about his younger brother is heart breaking on its own but coupled with Thornton's delivery, I couldn't help blubbing my eyes out.
The supporting cast is flawless too, especially Lucas Black, Dwight Yoakam and John Ritter. The relationship between Karl and Black's Frank is incredible, the two share a bond that seems very, very real and must have took a great deal of work…
My gosh what a beautiful film. Billy Bob captures the small southern town to a "t." He completely envelopes himself in his character; you don't even recognize him. The acting from the rest of the cast is so honest and ordinary, it's amazing. Dwight Yoakam plays Doyle as a weak, cruel bastard of a man who deserved exactly what he got. The screenplay is like liquid, as it goes along, and the tinges of lighting that harken towards it being a play enhance those scenes greatly.
Where has this version of Thornton gone?
Yes, 3 1/2 stars from me.....a very profound, captivating film about who we really are and who we could truly be....the character that Billy Bob Thorton creates is Oscar worthy. His relationship with this young boy, wonderful in this role, is both touching and humorous. The cast is strong and well chosen. A worthwhile and surprisingly enjoyable film- despite some very intense subject matter. John Ritter is not to be missed.
Hadn't watched this one in years and it still holds up as a masterwork of rural gothic drama. Thornton is phenomenal throughout as performer, director and writer. The rest of the cast are all fantastic particularly Lucas Black and Dwight Yoakam who is particularly unpleasant. The final act always leaves me choked up and tonight was no exception. Special mention must also go out to the late great J.T. Walsh for his incredibly vile cameo.
Great performance by Billy Bob Thornton.
At times Sling Blade feels very much so like an updated version of To Kill a Mockingbird in some rights. For one our main character Karl comes to us straight from the mold of a Boo Radley, a troubled quiet child who is locked up and away from society after getting some family blood on his hands. Here Billy Bob Thornton starts our story with Karl having to come out from his sterile and familiar hospital back to his ol' hometown. Thornton's worldbuilding of this town is spectacular with every character having a unique light to them. Thornton's performance as Karl, while very understated can be quite powerful in his uses of silence and small mannerisms that can be contrasted and compared with the ensemble cast. It did feel a little hammy near the end but overall a great showcase of Thornton's skills as a writer, actor, and director.
Sling Blade is one of the most overlooked films of all time. The film was released in 1996 and was written and directed by Billy Bob Thornton, who also starred in the film. He plays Karl Childers, who is a simple man hospitalized since his childhood murder of his mother and her lover, and he is released to start a new life in a small town. Right there I could give you that plot synopsis and that would be enough. There's a lot more coming my friend.
Let's first touch on the acting. Billy Bob Thornton is absolutely brilliant here. He truly gives one of the greatest performances of all time. He hits all the right notes and delivers his…
Very well-written and acted, witty, absorbing, subtly moving tale seems simple at first but proves to be rich. Billy Bob Thornton and Lucas Black are both excellent. Healthy doses of comedy and suspense, good cinematography.
I'll start with my one, small critique. In the opening, a girl comes to interview him and she's met with all of these demands from Karl, making him seem inflexible and a little intimidating. But never throughout the whole movie is any of that attitude and demeanor present. Especially since it was a young girl interviewing him and Karl is certainly a quick judge of good and bad. I got over it though.
The scene where the slow girl brought the flowers to Karl was so "precious" and sincere.
Karl and Frank's friendship is great. Good chemistry.
When the movie came out I remember Billy Bob getting the attention; this put him on the map. As it should, since the…
Billy Bob Thornton's Sling Blade is a near perfect drama with an incredible cast. Of all his films, this is the best film that I've seen Thornton star in. I thought that this was a compelling drama that was superbly well acted, and possessed a great story as well. This is a terrific film that should be seen. Thornton plays Karl Childers a retarded middle aged man who killed his mother and lover. This is a brilliant film that has an engaging story. The films actors are wonderful, and Thornton's acting and directing are almost perfect. This is a near perfect drama that is entertaining from start to finish. I thought that the film is one of Thornton's greatest films,…