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It's good to be King.
A group of American soldiers stationed in Iraq at the end of the Gulf War find a map they believe will take them to a huge cache of stolen Kuwaiti gold hidden near their base, and they embark on a secret mission that's destined to change everything.
I decided to move this up to a full five-star rating because there's really nothing I can think of that I don't love about it. It's not an absolutely perfect film, but in terms of fantastic performances, cinematography, score, editing, pacing and the perfect blend of action/comedy/drama; it's an exceptional one where no faults have any effect on my overall experience with it.
Got around to seeing this at long last. The biggest surprise was seeing Spike Jonze in a major supporting role. Full of O. Russell's trademark zany energy and swirling camerawork, Three Kings is a war movie with something to say. I would take it over empty action like Lone Survivor any day of the week.
The story behind the making of Three Kings is almost as fascinating as the subject matter in David O. Russell's powerful satire on war and American imperialism - reports of Russell's enormous egotism as he wrestled with a movie Warner Bros had placed difficult conditions on, concerned about the tricky subject matter; spats with star George Clooney over treatment of crew members, a feud that lingered for some time; and indeed writer John Ridley's supposed shut out of the final screenplay, causing much animosity (which oddly enough happened again recently on 12 Years a Slave). You'd imagine with all those issues Three Kings could have turned out a train wreck, but on the contrary - Ice Cube in particular suggested…
The one where Danny Ocean royally fucks up his master planning. Needed his 11. These guys did not gel like the 11.
Three Kings is a very underrated movie from David O. Russell and although it's not his best film, this is a highly entertaining and re-watchable movie that is shocking, enjoyable, funny, and very well directed. Seriously, nobody has been talking about this movie!
In the aftermath of the Persian Gulf War, 4 soldiers set out to steal gold that was stolen from Kuwait, but they discover people who desperately need their help. George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, and Ice Cube all give great performance here and really help elevate this film on an emotional level. As expected, this movie is true, honest, intense, shocking and visually stunning. The action sequences are not Hollywood by any means, giving them a sense of…
Just a brilliant war comedy. You've got George Clooney doing what George Clooney does in his comedy roles, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube being as equally hilarious, a great script, some great action scenes, and some surprisingly serious ones as well. All in all, a great Friday night movie.
Except for the cow though.
David O. Russell's best film by a wide margin, and it would have been even better had it been given an actual ending, instead of a synopsis of an ending (has there ever been a good "Here's what happens to the characters" closing montage? You might think so, but I'm doubtful). I love that Nora Dunn has such a big role in this, because Nora Dunn doesn't get a lot of big roles even though she's awesome. I love the film's organic sense of comedy -- it never reaches for a joke, but seems to simply pick them up along the way. I love the energy and zeal that Russell brings -- almost every shot looks like it took an entire day to construct. And I love Mark Wahlberg, who seems to be the unlikeliest of good actors, and in fact is such a natural actor that it's easy to miss just how good he is.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I thought this one was going to be a comedy when I saw Wahlberg, Ice Cube and Clooney together. But afterwards, I remembered, it was released in '99 (way before Wahlberg's funny bone kicked in.) The film was hard hitting, and wasn't predictable, with a few funny moments put in there.
Pretty entertaining. Great cast, engaging plot, funny script...
This is one of those movies where I don't have much to comment about, which means I'll probably forget I ever watched it in a month or two.
Note to future self: There's no need to rewatch this. It's good, but not that good.
An angry satire that takes on both the US's recent military exploits and warfare in general, 'Three Kings' is at times too heavy handed for its' own good, but it quickly moves on, negating any ill feeling that may create. It's a greasy little movie that pulls no punches, for better or for worse.
MY THREE WORDS
Conifdent, swaggering, smart.
Action with thought. Surreal and marvelously shot, but the only qualm is that the characters shift far too easily from foolish gold-seekers to moral people crusaders. It's too fast and too unbelievable. But the innovations visually and the pumped-up storytelling and action are marvelous. Spike Jonze steals the show, but it's not hard to guess what happens to him when the title of the movie is called 'Three Kings', there are four characters, and you're the only one name not above the marquis.
Nate's Grade: A-
I really really liked Three Kings when I was at a younger age, but watching it as a older man, it didn't really hold up for me.
The main stars, Mark Wahlberg, George Clooney, and Ice Cube, are practically portraying themselves and there is really no development of their characters. Spike Jonze is the only one with an interesting character to care for, and he does an amazing job with his role.
At least the story and message of war is still interesting and enjoyable to sit through, even if it does slow down at parts.
I still prefer this film by David O'Russell over many of his other films. If you have a chance to watch it, i'd say go for it.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
- Christiane F.
My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014); 618-653 are not ordered yet.
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- The Accidental Tourist
- Across the Universe
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