A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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.…
#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.…
University Village 3, Los Angeles, CA
From the very beginning, Three Kings isn't a typical war film. The first act is almost straight-up comedy, and even as the film progresses into a bit more familiar territory, there remains something oddly jarring within the way David O. Russell tells this story, although perhaps some of that can be chalked up to some strange stylistic choices. An anti-war stance takes precedence here, and is unrelenting in proving that message. The film has no shame in throwing punches at United States foreign policy under the Bush administration and the involvement in Iraq at the end of the Persian Gulf War, and works quite effectively in that regard. The film does manage to blend in effective sequences of wartime action…
marky mark und ice cube hatten noch dampf.
clooney war noch mehr als eine schmunzelfalte und
david o. russell war noch kein totalausfall.
oh millenium. was hast du getan?
of saddam's gold and drinking oil from cds.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Action movie with some funny bits. The not so good guys have actual hearts of gold and all works out in the end. What more could you want from an action film
(Opening line): "HEY! ARE WE SHOOTING PEOPLE OR WHAT?!"
Bad Boys made as a "left-wing" thriller within a war film that for once takes shots at U.S. foreign policy and effectively humanizes people not native of America without getting overly sentimental about it, starring a cunningly charismatic George Clooney, a thoroughly believable Ice Cube, a redneck Spike Jonze and peak Marky Mark.
Hints of David O. Russell's future, this movie creates the style of Persian Gulf war movies.
Favorite childhood film.
Edgar Wright's 1000 Favorite Movies via MUBI.