Essentially two movies fighting against each other: a listless & macho homage to Enemy at the Gates, and an off-brand Hurt Locker whenever Kyle goes home & sorta feels out of place while Evangeline Li... Sorry, Sienna Miller cries in the kitchen. Cooper's performance hints that these two disparate parts are meant to be a whole, but everything else - especially the lazy direction & inelegant editing - works against him.
Actually there's a third movie here as well: the Lynchian tale of a man so in denial about his PTSD that he makes his wife pregnant with a rubber baby. Really don't get that part.
Second watch and the things I liked before I like more, and the things I disliked first time around remain the same. I guess this means I like it more now? Whatever. The last few minutes are still too heavy-handed but it's worth noting that Dan Gilroy deserved the Best Original Screenplay Oscar just for the brilliantly empty business name Video Production News. That and literally every line given to Leo.
Was Hook not a lesson to us all not to tamper with works of wonder? Tim Burton’s mystifyingly popular re-imagining of Lewis Carroll’s Alice stories does many things wrong even just on a surface level: that tedious Danny Elfman score; the weird obsession with violence against eyes; the torpor that infects everyone as they stand stiffly in front of green screens; the lazy cribbing from the Lord of the Rings films; introducing the amazing Mia Wazikowska to a wider audience…
Once more it turns up on Sky and I stop everything to watch it yet again. My second favourite movie of the Noughts, after The Incredibles. Pure joy from start to finish, impeccably made, inspiring and exciting and oh God I just want nineteen sequels why why is that suddenly too much to ask?!?!?