Yes, it's a well-made movie, but it's glacially paced, often boring and worst of all, unsatisfying.
Mike Nichols is one of the world's best directors, and Nora Ephron can write female characters like no other, but...Kurt Russell's character is thoroughly underwritten and his motivation seems to change from scene-to-scene based on what the drama needs. Meryl Streep puts on a masterclass, and though her character's awesome she's unfortunately surrounded by a weak story, the first act of which doesn't end…
I hate myself for enjoying this movie.
Let's just talk technical for a second. Bradley Cooper's performance is revelatory. The best of 2014, in my opinion. And Sienna Miller's no slouch either (where has she been these past few years?). Jason Hall's top-of-the-Blacklist script was top-of-the-Blacklist for a reason--it's impeccably structured, littered with naturalistic dialogue and chock-full of memorable moments. Clint Eastwood is a capable, talented director/minimalist composer, save that awkward artificial baby issue, and his regular collaborators, including DP…
Misguided on almost every level.
I'm a Will Gluck fan. I'm a Jamie Foxx fan. I'm a Jay-Z fan. I'm a Rose Byrne fan. Byrne is the only one who emerged unscathed.
Ten thoughts, to summarize:
1) Auto-tune is a serious problem. Jamie Foxx can sing, but you wouldn't know it. It's a style thing, I guess... but I can't even hear the lyrics, the auto tuned vocals are so buried in the mix.
2) It's not funny. Like at…