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The Crying Game
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The Crying Game is about the main character Fergus' experiences as a member of the IRA, his brief but meaningful encounter with Jody who is held prisoner by the group, and his unexpected romantic relationship with Jody's girlfriend, Dil whom Fergus promised Jody he would protect. Events force Fergus to decide what he wants for the future, and ultimately what his nature dictates that he must do.
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…
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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...
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.
Melodramatic doesn't even begin to describe The Crying Game. After a blisteringly good first 30 minutes the film devolves into a snorefest of awkward acting and clumsy plot threads.
There's a really lack of weight to the whole proceedings and honestly the supposed "twist" is so small that I thought I'd missed it entirely. Roger Ebert described it as making you think the film is about one thing when actually it's about something different.
That's certainly true the issue is what The Crying Game is actually about is far less interesting than what it appears at first to be about.
A British soldier is kidnapped by IRA terrorists. He befriends one of his captors, who is drawn into the soldier's world. - IMDB
Unfortunately, due to popular culture over the years, I already knew the major twist in this film, which has kept me away from watching it for the longest time. Not because of what it is, but because the surprise was ruined for me. Just imagine that you knew the twist in The Sixth Sense before watching it.
It takes a little away from the film, having known that, but it's still a good watch. I'd like to think that without knowing the major twist, that I would have known anyway, but you never know. Hindsight is a…
I was sitting in pain for the last 30 minutes of this film. Its screenplay is a mess, its twist is used merely for shock value. It wants to be trashy and profound at the same time, something which has worked before with films like The Big Lebowski, but is cringe-worthy to watch here. The IRA plotline is generic and in the final third of the film merely distracting.
"Fuck off back to Essex" was pretty hilarious though. In fact, all the comedic bits of the film work very well. The rest of it is just plain bad. If you want to watch a great LGBT film, with emphasis on the T, watch Xavier Dolan's "Laurence Anyways" instead of "The Crying Game" which introduces its LGBT element one hour into a 1h 47m film and then spends about half those 47 minutes on the IRA storyline.
It's really wonderful to see a young Stephen Rea before his face was completely consumed by hangdog melancholy. The film is radically different from what I expected though. The explicit parts of the gender and sexual confrontations aren't brought up until deep into the second half of the film, but are hinted at with a sledgehammer through the first part. That first part is really strong though practically being a play between Rea and Forest Whitaker that is as far as I've experienced the only good torturer and tortured conversation put to film. It is a tad shame when it goes away especially in the noncommittal fashion it does never answering the questions it poses and avoiding them in a…
The Crying Game is probably still Neil Jordan's most famous work (though I do not think it is his best, that honour goes to the wildly underrated The End of the Affair), the character reveal known to many more people than those who have seen the film. However, the film itself is not just the reveal, it is a much greater piece of work than that. An unusual neo-noir, with a good deal of humour and the awkward exhilaration of a new romance. It also spends the first forty minutes in an interogation between a British soldier (Forest Whitaker) and an IRA volunteer (Stephen Rea). What the film starts with, is not what the film becomes, yet there is no…
The many plot twists caught me off guard.
The finest Irish based film date, complete with transvestites and IRA men. What's not to like?
Everything with Forrest Whitaker is gross (I think I really hate that guy - maybe I always have). The rest is fine, although I have no idea why this film became so popular; it's a dude, get over it.
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