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The Crying Game
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Irish Republican Army member Fergus (Stephen Rea) forms an unexpected bond with Jody (Forest Whitaker), a kidnapped British soldier in his custody, despite the warnings of fellow IRA members Jude (Miranda Richardson) and Maguire (Adrian Dunbar). Jody makes Fergus promise he'll visit his girlfriend, Dil (Jaye Davidson), in London, and when Fergus flees to the city, he seeks her out. Hounded by his former IRA colleagues, he finds himself increasingly drawn to the enigmatic, and surprising, Dil.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Film #21 of Project 90
”... the frog cries out: Why did you sting me Mr, scorpion? For now we both will drown! Scorpion replies: I can’t help it, it’s in my nature!”
In the first 30 minutes The Crying Games looks like a pretty decent and well written story about a queer yet humane and emotionally rich relationship between two different people with two different lives, Forest Whitaker and Stephen Rea give great performances and make us believe the miserable situation. But sadly after the first act and film’s first striking shock, Jody’s unfortunate death – which is very well placed and well executed - Neil Jordan starts to add all sorts of things to his movies, so The…
This mercurial masterpiece of ‘90s cinema has now been reduced to just one thing. Not that its twist isn’t magnificent, but it’s certainly not the film’s raison d’etre, or its reason to be celebrated. It doesn’t explain why the film continues to enrapture, enthral and grow in emotional resonance as the years pass and the viewings rack up. And, unlike most twists, it doesn’t come at the end, but at the halfway point, meaning that if you’ve avoided seeing the film because you think you know how it ends – you really don’t.
The Crying Game is essentially a redrafting of director Neil Jordan’s Mona Lisa, but transferred to the world of the Troubles, as an…
It's a wonderful piece of movie making, this film. I still remember the first time I saw it, and the big reveal that shows how good Jaye Davidson's performance was.
Now retired, Davidson is one of the three powerhouse acting masterclasses that make up this complex Neil Jordan film (the others being Stephen Rea and Forest Whitaker). It's an almost perfect piece of work, beautifully directed and shot, and featuring a raft of supporting players from Miranda Richardson and the ubiquitous Jim Broadbent through to Adrian Dunbar and Breffni McKenna.
This film, about the battle between the British military and IRA fighters on the surface, turns out to be about something much more fundamental, and the secret which twenty years…
Experiencing some mixed reactions currently...It consists of great performances and brilliant chemistry between the leads...leaving the big twist aside..something was amiss...would have benefited from cutting at least 20 minutes to make it more engaging...
Few films that I've seen have been as powerfully moving, beautifully structured, and downright amazing............................
as the first 40 minutes of THE CRYING GAME.
It's shot almost entirely in one location. The writing, character chemistry, and acting is excellent, especially between Forest Whitaker and Stephen Rea. It has the likes of Reservoir Dogs, except better (I'm not the biggest Reservoir Dogs fan anyway).
But the film is unfortunately an hour and 52 minutes long. Ok I'm kidding... but only slightly.
After a certain something in the story happens, the film goes in a new direction, but I don't really mean the story.... Here's how I see it: It's as if the film was set out to be a short film,…
A surprising little film that starts off as something and then becomes something completely unexpected. Its an odd twisting of themes that somehow work. Performances all around are very strong, especially Jay Davidson.
Oh Jimmy, you should have seen that one coming. I did. Not the only thing that is hard to take seriously in this annoying, melodramatic wreck of a movie. The friendship between Jody and Fergus sure isn't. Unconvincing from the moment they open their mouths, just like much of the rest of what follows. Hokey, clunky dialogue, toe-curling flashbacks of a bowling Whitaker and some laughable drama revolving around Dil. The least Jordan could do was give his audience a decent bitch fight. Even that seems too much to ask.
This film's "big reveal" was sort of insulting, but ultimately its underlying message about gender is a positive one. It's unfortunate that the role was played by a man, not a transgender woman, but ultimately that's where the moviemaking world was in 1992 -- as fucked-up as that is.
I have many other big problems with this film; mostly, that it's an idiot-plot and that I feel like none of its characters behave in any way that makes sense. Like so many Irish and Irish-English films, it wants to have its IRA cake and eat it, too. "The IRA are thugs," but "the foot soldiers are just soldiers caught up in a war gone mad."
I'm not particularly fond of…
periodically i like to revisit two of the greatest lines in all of cinema:
"I'm tired and emotional."
"Have you ever picked up your teeth with broken fingers?"
'Some movies keep you guessing. Some movies make you care. Once in a long while a movie comes along that does both things at the same time.'
This movie grows on me every time I watch it and goes way beyond it's iconic twist. It is gorgeous, brilliantly acted, sharply written and balances thrilling action with romance effortlessly.
It's in my nature to love this movie!
Great twists and turns that are heightened with great camera work.
A really entertaining British thriller film directed by Neil Jordan.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A stunning film that I will never need to see again. The story is extraordinarily compelling. I haven't seen many movies that deal with transgender characters, so this was a new experience for me. Jaye Davidson is fantastic in the role, particularly for a new actor. Stephen Rea shines as a man tortured by what he almost did and what that still led to, and Forest Whitaker makes the most of his relatively short screen time to create a character who could disarm even a hardened individual like Fergus.
I think my favorite sequence may be the ending after Fergus is tied up, and Dil realizes he won't stay, but nevertheless protects him and lets him go. That was some great stuff by Davidson.
Un soldat britannique est kidnappé par des membres de l'IRA, avant de mourir il demande une faveur à un de ses ravisseurs : aller voir la femme de sa vie et lui dire qu'il l'aimait. Une fois arrivé à Londres, le ravisseur retrouve la femme mais rien n'est ce qu'il semble ...
Déjà rien que pour le twist cela vaut le coup de voir se film qui pour l'époque était très en avance sur son temps ! Mais limiter l'oeuvre à cela serait très réducteur : l'histoire en elle-même, sa conclusion, le jeux des acteurs, la violence (physique et émotionnelle), ... Tout fonctionne parfaitement et on se laisse porter par l'histoire et ses - nombreux - rebondissements.
Le seul problème,…
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I knew the twist going in. I can't imagine seeing this film opening night and the reaction it would have gotten. I also thought, what if you went to pee right at that moment, you would be somewhat confused for rest of the film.
I wasn't sure about the film at first. It starts a bit off and while it never picks up steam, it always feels like it's boiling to something. I enjoyed the film, and the twist happens early enough that it doesn't ruin the films final act.
The acting is top notch from the two leads as well. I don't think I would have guessed it going in since there's no reason to.
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