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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.
man, i thought this was one of david o. russell's good movies;
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 tone of this movie feels just perfect. At the beginning its clearly a comedy, but the longer they're in the desert, and the higher the body count, the less funny it gets. By the end the comedy is just, like, hanging on, but it's hard to see behind the earnestness. It's much better than I remembered it being.
Can we have this David O. Russell back please?
The things that keep this story from being completely devastating in its own moment are devastating in historical retrospect. But everyone has always said it's really good and it is! I see why everyone was thrilled to discover that Marky Mark was a good actor. I do think they should have played "Feel the Vibration" during the early party scene.
Ha envejecido con bastante dignidad. No sabría clasificar "Three Kings", está llena de humor y acción y violencia pero mezclados de una forma bastante fuera de la norma. Mezclar a George Clooney, Ice Cube, Mark Wahlberg y Spike Jonze era una propuesta arriesgada y que no creo se vuelva a dar, pero funciona maravillosamente.
La película no duda en mostrar tanto el lado más absurdo como el más trágico y violento de la guerra. Y nos muestra incluso las heridas de bala de una manera nunca antes vista.
No es perfecta pero es todo un espectáculo de principio a fin.
Three Kings stands out from the pack of anti war films because it has so much style. The directing and writing by O'Russell are on point and show off his skills in the best possible way. He also gets career performances from his three leads, George Clooney, Ice Cube, and Mark Wahlberg. And Spike Jonze is absolutely hilarious. But it also paints a breathtaking view of the war and presents it in a way that I don't think many have seen it before. Three Kings is just fantastic and has a lot of fun, but always has a very dramatic side that works to its advantage.
An energetic film where moments of brilliance come in frantic bursts of innovative filmmaking, Three Kings is a scathing critique of war and the complicated ideological frameworks that surround it.
A David O Russell film I like!
And George is God damn sexy!
I'll be perfectly honest and say I didn't really enjoy watching Three Kings, which I know is an unpopular opinion. There's a good film in there somewhere, but I feel like pre-The Fighter David O Russell was more pre-occupied with forcing a quirky style onto his films than just telling a good story as well as possible. I did laugh a few times, so there's that, but it was too incoherent. I wish they had played the story out through the character more. I didn't feel as attached to them as I should have done. That slow motion though... Haven't these people heard of fps?
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…