All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. 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.
The one where Danny Ocean royally fucks up his master planning. Needed his 11. These guys did not gel like the 11.
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.…
A great filmmaker
I think it's time to come to terms with the fact that I don't much care for David O'Russell's style. This was certainly better than anything else I've seen from him (except maybe I Heart Huckabees, which by now I'm terrified to revisit), but still suffering from the messiness and lack of focus that only seem to get worse as his career goes along.
Of course, I'm in the minority. And this is far from a terrible movie - I was just expecting so much more after hearing so much about it.
"We're in the desert fighting Saddam, and you're stealing gold."
For me, reminiscent of M*A*S*H in the way it forces you to laugh only in order to cope with the stifling awareness that this is real, that we did this evil, and it was only yesterday. The fact that we're more than 20 years down the road and still screwing up the Middle East for money and politics (and calling it a fight for democracy) only makes it more acute.
When David O. Russell was amazing.
It's decently entertaining. I think sometimes the quirkiness just didn't work for me though. I really like the premise (a treasure hunt in a more recent time period) and I love how it portrays the ignorant and desensitized interactions in war. It reminded me a lot of Jarhead and Full Metal Jacket in that aspect.
I read that they pursued a lot of other great actors for the lead and none of them were interested/available which makes me bummed out because I think I would have liked the movie more without Clooney. I find George Clooney annoying in general but I will admit when he is good. He just doesn't bring enough to the character here.
Film 205 of Project365, a project in which I watch a new film every day for a year.
David O. manages to put together a wildly entertaining "war" film that pushed boundaries of filmmaking and statement-making.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I re-watched this because I hadn't seen it since it came out and i have mixed feeling s about David O Russel.
I remember this being wildly satiric and very funny.
It doesn't hold up for some reason. I found it muddled and just OK.
The characters start out as being very self serving and then coming around to being absolute paragons of virtue by the end. AND they get away with it. Ugh.
This is a well acted and mostly compelling story, but it's not exactly great.
So this is pre David O Russell 2.0.
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.