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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…
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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.
I like that this film had the balls to try something new in mainstream film ;)
Pretty obviously ripped off the artwork for Pulp Fiction which this came out before.
Film #12 in Project 90s
...Really? This movie has a reputation for having a really shocking twist in it, and I didn't know what it was going in. I'm very disappointed. I understand that the subject of trans people was even more controversial in 1992 then today, and that it would have made a hell of a shocking plot twist at that time. That's ok. But again, in 1992! It's 2015, and this is still regarded as a big twist. Why? In 2015, even if you go into this film blind, it is not surprising. It's just a part of Dil's character. It's something that deserves to be as much a part of the conversation as any other part of…
Very interesting premise and themes being explored, but the pacing is too slow imo
Heavyhanded and obvious, The Crying Game is more than its buzz and less than it ought. Truly the problem with the film is its fat girth. A leaner film might be worth recommending.
Did you ever pick your teeth up with broken fingers?
The Crying Game comes from the Sixth Sense school of movies that will make you feel stupid for not seeing their plot revelations coming.
That is, if you don't already know before going in...
Unfortunately for me, watching this 23 years after the fact with all the pop culture that came afterwards, I knew exactly what to that plot revelation was going to be. This thing was spoiled for the general public pretty much immediately after its release, in everything from Ace Ventura: Pet Detective to that years Oscar nominations. It's a shame too, because knowing that, it's impossible to forget what's going to happen. It's blatantly obvious.
A few notes in no particular order:
Being 95% sure of the twist before going into the film didn't dampen its impact in anyway.
Stephen Rae deserved more of a film career.
Even in small supporting roles, Jim Broadbent is the best.
The Crying Game earns major points for being incredibly original. Sort of a neo-noir, this film essentially pretends to be about something but is about something else entirely.
Rather than seeming unfair, the twist is well done and sort of reminds me a bit of Vertigo. This movie itself reminds me a great deal of Vertigo, actually, though I'm not going to argue it's as great.
You think it's one movie... And then it's not.
You think it's another movie... And then it's not.
You think you've seen it before... And then you haven't.
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