All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. An easy way of seeing how…
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…
As someone who has only seen two of his films now, I guess I'm not in any kind of position to make a judgement on David O. Russell's career.
But over the course of those two films, those being Three Kings and the dreary Silver Linings Playbook, I have already noticed a pattern. It's a pattern that I'm hoping is just a two film coincidence when I watch American Hustle tonight and Flirting With Disasters in the near future, but definitely a thing.
Silver Linings Playbook could have been a good romantic comedy, using two unpredictable leads in a fairly unique situation for that kind of film and backing them with a good support cast in fine form.…
Functioning essentially as an allegorical tale of U.S. foreign policy motives, Three Kings effectively blends comedy, tragedy and action for most of it's duration, rendering it a mostly effective and cutting film. Like most of David O Russell's films, I still think that his style often detracts from the emotion his films need. The reason I consider Three Kings his second best film, however, is the obviousness of Russell's intentions. This is an unconventional, often jarring war film that does not deal with wartime deaths like most films do, mostly finding the tragedy in the loss of a close friend rather than a civilian whom we have never been introduced to. This works in part to contribute to the criticism…
#35 in my 99 90's: Part 2 marathon.
I don't know what everyone else sees. But I just watched everything I have always wanted to see in a war movie, yet never have. Apparently, the folk on Letterboxd would rather get drunk and party with the hypocrite characters of Pain & Gain than accept any hard truths about bullshit, every-"man"-for-himself patriotic attitudes. (Still can't work out how it's in any way desirable or not weird to massage the ego of a guy like Bay who is always pissing in your face. He will never stop. He will always treat you like cattle.) My only real problem was the "Where They Are Now" before the credits. Most of the movie beforehand wasn't really about redemption.
first half - i'm all for abrupt reversals of mood in movies, but half of this movie establishes a farcical tone while the other half butts in with weird moments of drama, like when the woman is shot in the head right after i settled with the crazy hijinks of a bunch of trigger happy zanies. these shifts weren't used for impact. i don't know what they accomplished beyond creating an inconsistent tone and difficulty in committing to the events emotionally.
second half - nvm, this isn't a comedy. now i have to rewrite my review.
This is all over the place, but is consistently highly entertaining. FYC: Spike Jonze playing opposite huge stars as a dumb redneck.
Yeah, this was a pretty decent film. It was very emotional, suspenseful, and had lots of drama. Had some rather funny parts to it as well. David O'Russell makes good films, too bad he's a fucking asshole. But like I said, pretty good. Don't regret watching it. Don't think that I'd buy it though.
This film manages to combine good humor with moments filled with genuine emotion. It's suspenseful but hilarious. It's a good mix and a very unique take on the war genre. The performances are great, the dialogue is sharp, and the cinematography has an interesting style that helps make this film stand out.
The manic stylistic flourishes have not dated well and sometimes distract from a pretty good story.
Really enjoyed the slipperiness of Russell's style here, especially applied to war
It's a really unusual three-man combo. But I guess it works?
It's not a movie that I'll remember every detail of because it's not superb but it was perfectly enjoyable and certainly took on a few of the deeper aspects of war zones without coming in too hard.
They also didn't fall for the common trap of 'glorifying the Americans'. There are plenty of times when you notice that the Americans, while doing their best to help, aren't exactly going about it in the kindest of ways and that can be a pretty key element in any war movie.
Oh and here's something: gold is not that light. They would have been better off finding jewellery or ultra valuable video tapes (it's the 90's, remember) because regular folk carrying Prada bags full of gold bricks is the least realistic part of the movie.
Lacks any sort of identity but beyond that I'm not sure what to make of this. Seems as if it deserves a better rating but just didn't click with me for some reason. Very odd viewing.
Oh hi American foreign policy 1899-present. Didn't quite notice you there back in 1999.
Pretty sure it's not supposed to look as horrible as it does on Amazon Prime, but would need to see it again to confirm.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…