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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.
A constantly surprising tale of redemption that never settles for being one kind of film. Tender, sweet, yet tough. A-
Although, perhaps too sensational to be true trans representation, The Crying Game finds truth in exploration for honesty in one's life.
Loyalty (n) - The quality of being loyal to someone or something. A strong feeling of support or allegiance.
A terrorist discovers that he has a conflict of loyalty in “The Crying Game”, the seventh feature in the filmography of Irishman Neil Jordan (“Mona Lisa”, “Interview With A Vampire” & “The End Of The Affair”). It was released in the later months of 1992, so this is a classic review.
The terrorist is an operative of the Irish Republican Army named Fergus (played by Stephen Rea in an Academy Award nominated performance*), who after the kidnapping of a British soldier, comes to realize that he doesn’t have the required hatred in him as his fellow IRA members do to execute the…
What a great performance from Stephen Rea. The rest of the cast was good, but he really stole the movie. I really liked the first part of the film with Rea and Whitaker, and while the rest of the film was certainly good, I'm not sure that it was of the same quality. I also had some mixed feelings about the relationship between the two mains and figuring out what Jordan was trying to say, but that might be something that a second viewing could remedy.
Don't read this next part unless you've seen the movie.
So yeah, I couldn't not think of the Old Greg skit during that last scene in the apartment. It definitely worked in the film, but yeah, you can't unsee Old Greg.
The Crying Game - 3/4
Okay! I really should have seen that coming...I mean it was obvious (and I mean that in the best possible way, twists without hints are useless). I even thought about it briefly but then quickly dismissed the idea. It still surprised the hell out of me though and made me gasp. Haha.
The Crying Game, is a film that defies convention in that, you never know where the story is going. The first part of the film is more of a tense thriller, involving mostly two characters who have simple dialogue. This, in my opinion, is the best, most immersive part of the film. It's absolutely riveting in it's simplicity, and the films solid script…
Some unusual and unexpected things happen in this film.
Uncommon ingredients indeed. No wonder it had to be made as an independent feature.
Good cast and good acting by Forest Whitaker, Stephen Rea, Miranda Richardson and Jaye Davidson. Jim Broadbent is also good in a lesser role.
This was my first viewing, so it will be interesting to know what a future rewatch will give. Certainly 8/10 right now.
I saw this film the first week it was released in Boston. The "twist" of the story completely caught me off guard. I was teased about this for weeks!
Just saw a restored print of this movie for the first time in over 22 years.
Neil Jordan's film is better in my memory than it is in reality. Although, the use of Tammy Wynette's song at the end is a great choice.
The best stand-out of the whole movie remains Miranda Richardson who plays "Jude" with every fiber of her being. It is effective and also surprisingly comical.
As for the film itself, I don't know. It just hasn't aged that well. But it is certainly an iconic screen moment.
Total guy movie.
"The Crying Game" is a beautiful and perfectly acted film, but its "shocking" twist was not nearly as shocking to me as it was to others.
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