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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.
Amazing performances from George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, Spike Jonze, and Cliff Curtis. My favorite Mark Wahlberg performance. The story keeps you interested and the action scenes done really well. There's a part in the movie where I was, "Oh shit how did they filmed that?". My favorite David O. Russell film.
Remains very relevant, though not all of the jokes work.
Who thought that you could make something like the Gulf War this fun whilst maintaining the brutality of the conflict? I didn't.
It irritates me how great this is. O Russell is a turd, both personally and artisticly, but this one just worked out for him. Casting is a big part of that - the whole ensemble is pretty much perfect. And the hyperactive, attention-seeking style doesn't get in the way of the material as it does with almost everything else he's made since (except maybe THE FIGHTER)
The best compliment I can give this film is that it's exactly what you'd expect in a David O. Russell film covering American soldiers in search of gold post-Gulf War.
I am diametrically opposed to films such as this, and as a result there will be little to no analysis to be found here. Granted, I could have done a little research prior to the viewing, but then again I am one who likes to be as in the dark as possible before every watch. What I found in this film is an absence of any care for the characters or their development. The story itself feels more like something that comes out of a manufacturing plant. Quite frankly I…
'Didn't think I'd get to see anybody get shot in this war.'
Every war film has to tread carefully in its characterisation of its heroes, villains and innocent victims, and David O. Russell's Three Kings is no exception. It cannot make its Iraqi civilians faceless sufferers, and it cannot go overboard in dressing up its Americans as heroes. What we get, therefore, is a blend of intelligence and courage in both camps, with only the Saddam followers falling into a definitive category. What begins as a war-based yet light heist movie quickly takes an emotional turn, leaving us with a diverse group of sympathetic figures in a moving and cutting story.
George Clooney plays to his now established type as…
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.
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- Across the Universe
Every film Roger Ebert has given a four-star rating. This is an ongoing project.
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I'd love to see more of these stories. REALLY entertaining stuff. If anyone has some, send away.
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