Watched Jul 09, 2012
Mr. DuLac’s review:
America has produced only three classic writers - Mark Twain, J.D. Salinger and me.
Robert De Niro is one of my favorite actors but I don't remember the last time I saw him in anything good. This is probably the best performance I've seen from De Niro in quite some time, even though it goes into scene chewing a time or two.
What's nice is that he's actually playing an interesting character for a change. Along with Paul Dano they offer a complex father/son relationship that usually heads in a predictable direction in movies, but it doesn't in this film.
Not going for the predictable is great, but the film does suffer in the final act. It doesn't quite know what to do with the characters that it developed. They are great characters that I enjoyed, but it's like the film didn't know what to do so it took us so far and then decided "Ok we'll stop here...".