All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. 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…
#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.
Trotting along his typical cast of morally malnourished characters who in the end don't necessarily become good but at least find some corner of good within themselves, David O. Russell brings us this film about four U.S. soldiers (George Clooney, Ice Cube, Mark Wahlberg, and Spike Jonze) who during the Gulf War discover a treasure map to a hidden stash of Kuwaiti gold and subsequently plot to steal it.
Clooney, Ice Cube, and Wahlberg each give the exact performance you're already imagining them giving in your head. Whenever an actor essentially plays himself — and here we have three actors who typically turn up in films playing more or less themselves each time — the success or failure of the…
Una película de robos atípica ya que se hace en plena guerra y por unos americanos en busca del tesoro escondido de Saddam Hussseim, sin embargo su misión se ve truncada por las dificultades de la guerra y su visión de penurias de los refugiados.
Entretenida, con buena fotografía de los desiertos.
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
This is the definition of a solid war action movie. The drama was well created, and it certainly didn't feel forced at any moment. The action, visuals, and set pieces all blended well to create a scenic vision that fits the bill to the fullest extent. Not much can be said about the film other than how great and it is, without it being utterly mind-blowing.
Three Kings really stands out among the rest of the war films. Is it as good as Saving Private Ryan? Not even close, but I can see myself wanting to revisit this more than Saving Private Ryan. The subject material and comical tone lend Three Kings to have a more of a re-watchibility factor. And I'm more surprised to see that people really aren't talking about Three Kings. George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, and Ice Cube are all great. The directing and cinematography look excellent, making such a dry Iraq landscape look so vibrant and colorful. The drama and comedy are handled really well as Three Kings is probably the funniest war film, but it can still have those very effective…
While it has a few compelling scenes, overall nothing about this super grabs me. I feel pretty hot and cold on David O. Russell and this is definitely more on the cold side.
What starts as another unimpressive Jarhead movie takes a turn for the emotional when four soldiers raid a bunker for gold, discovering in the process a collection of refugees desperately seeking freedom from Saddam Hussein's tyranny, culminating in an end worth the tears I had.
Aquí hace un mejor papel ice cube que siendo ice cube.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…
Every film Roger Ebert has given a four-star rating. This is an ongoing project.