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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.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
(6/8 is "Good")
Interesting film about the bond between captor and captive, as-well as the difficulty of being transgender.
Good performances, but ultimately the film was a little dull and moderately melodramatic.
The first 30 minutes or so we're pretty good.
After that, the movie completely lost me. It's a mess. It thinks it says a lot but it ends up saying nothing at all. No compelling characters or compelling directing decisions. It just becomes this incoherent mess of a movie where things happen for no reason.
The central dramatic situation of many of Neil Jordan’s earlier films is that of an impossible romance: the man who loves a woman who loves a woman, the man and woman who love but one is a ghost, the young man who falls for the older woman who turns out to be his mother. The Crying Game should be the most intense and accomplished statement of this fascination – and for much of the time it is. In the long prologue Forest Whitaker’s British soldier is captured in Northern Ireland by the I.R.A. – his kidnappers treat him brutally and impersonally (although Miranda Richardson treats him with near disgust: because he is British? Black?). The exception is Stephan Rea: they…
Out of curiosity: in 1992, was the big twist actually surprising? Because I saw that coming as soon as we met the character involved.
Anyway, this was a riveting and wonderful drama about how we treat anyone we view as "the other." When a group of terrorists from the Irish Republican Army kidnap a British Soldier (Forrest Whittaker), one of the volunteers, Fergus (Stephen Rea) begins to see the humanity in the prisoner to the chagrin of his comrades. When the story shifts to Fergus' attempts at creating a new life after leaving the IRA, he is yet again thrown into a scenario which involves him interacting with someone he would previously have viewed as less human than himself.
Director Neil Jordan manages the tonal shift of the film incredibly, and the nuanced performances he draws from the entire cast bring pathos to this story of human nature.
"The Crying Game" was quite a sensation back in 1992, and all anybody could talk about in connection with the movie was its big twist.
I knew about the twist in advance of seeing the film, so I was able to concentrate on the rest of the story, and it's quite a good one. Neil Jordan crafted a slick little IRA thriller with a dusting of modern-day noir, and the film scores on both the levels of plot and character.
Stephen Rea and Jaye Davidson received Oscar nominations for their performances (whatever happened to either of them?), while Forest Whitaker and Miranda Richardson (who had quite a prolific year in 1992) deliver solid turns as well.
Jesus H. Christ
I know all there is to know about The Crying Game, do you?
Si antes de verla, el hype estaba por las nubes, luego de verla, la cosa se multiplicó: ¡Preciosa! La historia de por sí es incidentada, pero todo tiene su encaje, su encanto.
Stephen Rea fue una sorpresa, pero quien se lleva las palmas es Jaye Davidson: Dill es dolor y risa, angustia y compasión, imposible no quererla; la escena cuando canta ''The crying game'' y la mirada fija de Fergus en su humanidad, describe la sensación general de inmenso regocijo.
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