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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…
#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.
Spike Jonze totally got the shaft.
Ice Cube's character wasn't nearly as crucial to the story as Spike, but he gets billed as one of the Three Kings and Spike is left in the credits at the end of the film...Damn shame.
That's alright though, because I found another David O. Russell movie that I like! Silver Linings Playbook left such a bad taste in my mouth that I began to question if the director was worth anything at all. This movie is perhaps his most technically risky, his funniest, and one of the most stylistically pleasing war movies around. I remember very vividly this film coming out. I wanted to watch it so bad, but I wasn't old enough.…
The one where Danny Ocean royally fucks up his master planning. Needed his 11. These guys did not gel like the 11.
I have no real issue with the David O. Russell of today, but I also kind of want the David O. Russell of the 1990s back.
The satire is really good, but it stumbles a bid with the heavy-handed drama. It would've been better staying light and sharp.
The article for Three Kings on Wikipedia has a "See also" section at the bottom of the page, one of the links being for a page called "White savior narrative in film." It put a bit of a damper on a film I had enjoyed quite a bit.
American troops are celebrating: The Gulf War is over. With a ceasefire in place, the troops are left sweeping for soldiers to disarm. One of these is discovered to have a map--a map assumed to be the location of Saddam's stolen gold. With dollar signs flashing, four bored soldiers sneak away to claim it for themselves. But what starts off as a simple smash-and-grab turns into something more dangerous as a stray…
Great action/comedy - Stylish, funny, and very entertaining.
A little heavy handed but funny
This film doesn't want to be in one genre, and it works out being multiple
Films that combine the heist and war film genres are pretty rare ... the only one that comes to mind other than this one is "Kelly's Heroes" from 1970. The films are actually kind of similar ... a small group of guys go after a secret stash of treasure that happens to be a good distance behind enemy lines and in each case, dramatic elements alternate with liberal doses of humor to produce a story that's exciting and suspenseful but perhaps not fluffy enough to classify as simple light entertainment.
Released shortly after the '90-'91 Gulf War (which is the film's setting), "Three Kings" might seem a bit more sobering following 9/11 and the second Gulf war ... especially since…
"Three Kings" is the movie that introduced me to David O. Russell's freshly original style of film-making, and now I place him in a category of next-generation directors, that includes others like Wes Anderson, Alexander Payne and Paul Thomas Anderson, who are reinvigorating American cinema.
"Three Kings" takes place during the first Gulf War and criticizes the U.S. for its habit of coming in to save repressed people without having plans in place to sustain the new orders they put in place. Once the Americans leave, the same problems plaguing these regions before they arrived just return to start the cycle over. Sound familiar?
Russell's film is brisk and funny while still managing to be serious and poignant, a delicate balance he's able to achieve in almost every movie he's made.
Pretty unconventional in presentation and enjoyable. On a deeper thought few cliches are evident which slightly pulls the film down but nevertheless you can watch this at least once.
The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
Complete list. :-(