Okay, so I watched this while babysitting, and the kids loved it. I thought it was infantile with an unlikaeble lead and a bunch of mostly unpleasant kids. His best friend is sweet but fairly two-dimensional. Chloe Moretz lights up my world but isn't given much to do. It's mostly just...it's dealing with that transition from child to teenager, so they're at a pretty difficult age, but they main kid is so awful you just don't side with him at all.
I don't know why they don't make good kids' movies for this age group like they used to.
Or: Miserable people pondering the apocalypse pose prettily in a pretentious art film. Never have I wanted the world to end more. I hated pretty much everybody in this except Charlotte Gainsbourg and the kid. Like, Kirsten Dunst's character does some awful things but she's clearly struggling with depression and everybody's either unsympathetic or just...shrugs their shoulders and gives up on trying to deal with it. The whole family's crazy in some way. Kiefer Sutherland is a dick. The camera…
Jarhead was really well acted, written and directed, but the thing about Jarhead is that it achieves its aims too well. The aim of the movie is to show how boring, frustrating and ultimately fruitless the first Gulf war was. The film has the effect of leaving you bored and frustrated, which is not the best thing to be when watching a movie.
Still, the stuff of the oil falling from the sky and the bombs dropping around Jake is fantastic and Jake himself gets naked a lot and is beautiful. Peter Sarsgaard is great, of course, and Jamie Foxx is terrific too.
This was a very neat, tight and well-made film with a strong and extremely well-presented political message. The acting was great, and it was very well-written. I personally didn't think it had as much heart as something like Brokeback, but in terms of style they couldn't be more different - GNaGL was punchy and quick and had these wonderful moments of tension you could cut with a knife, while Brokeback was slow and quiet and had a slow-building sense of…