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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 reportedly contains 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.
What's so disappointing is how much potential this film was showing. For the first 40 minutes, it's a claustrophobic character study of a man with a seemingly, but hopefully false, inevitable end. When this questions finds it's answer, the entire films falls apart.
Forrest is an absolute delight during the first act of this film. Both charming and scared, he gives us someone to invest in. He portrays the only human in this story. After a sudden action intense scene, the film not only pushes most of it's cast to the side but introduces new pieces into the game. These pieces, however, are broken and never fixed. The film seems to completely disengage itself with what it had happening during…
Neil Jordan's infamous thriller features a belter of an opening act and that twist that everyone talked about that the filmmaker wisely follows through on and uses it in his drama instead of a stinger. But the stagnant narrative along with the unavoidable sense that once the cat's out of the bag, there's little else within the film means it doesn't quite hold up as well as it was once thought it did back in the early 90's.
No moment in any movie will beat the shock of THAT twist, ever.
Ein wesentlicher Reiz von "The Crying" besteht in einem der phänomenalsten Handlungsbrüche der Filmgeschichte. Regisseur Neil Jordan, der anschließend noch viele weitere Male mit dem Hauptdarsteller Stephen Rea zusammenarbeitete, kreiert hier tolle Schauplätze, die eine äußerst stimmungsvolle Atmosphäre erzeugen. Seine Figuren sind mitunter extrem, aber die Geschichte bleibt stets realistisch - wenn sie auch in ihren vielfältigen Wendungen selten ist.
What an odd beast this film is. It appears to be one thing when it starts, only to change direction early on. Then, it changes gears later and almost becomes a completely different film! It's all full of twists, turns, and the biggest WTF moment I've seen in my movie watching history. It all blends together nicely though, with everyone across the board giving good performances. If I had one complaint, it would be the bland visual style. Seriously, it looks like some made-for-TV Hallmark movie from the 90's. Other than that though, it's a good film that explores a lot of interesting themes, especially attraction, in a unique way that will definitely leave you thinking.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
She's Gotta Cock!
"The surprise was a secret to no one except the protagonist." - Yera
The Crying Game slipped into the US in 1992 after floundering overseas and ended up garnering multiple nominations for Academy Awards (although winning only one, for Best Original Screenplay, as the competition was fierce with Unforgiven, A Few Good Men, Howard’s End, and Malcolm X, among others), then subsiding just as quietly. Yet, even more than twenty years later, long after one of its nominated actors retired from acting to return to their old profession, the movie itself remains relevant.
It’s a remarkable film in both the subject matter it examines and how it seemed to defy classification at the time. The advertising material promoted it more as a thriller involving IRA terrorists, but it’s better described as an introspective…
We All Have Secrets
This is to commemorate two occasions which tie rather neatly into one another, for all they're separated by thirteen years and over a thousand miles. The more recent is that, approximately ten years ago, I started reviewing things as a favour to a friend. (I'd know more exactly if Rotten Tomatoes sucked less these days, but external evidence suggests this to be the day.) The older and more complicated involves a trip to the theatre. It was the 1992 Oscar season. This would have put me at sixteen. My sophomore year in high school. My older sister had moved out an to another state a few months earlier, and I was still having difficulty establishing a…
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