Film lover in Lexington, KY
Yeah, Tallerico was all over what makes this one brilliant in his Ebert review. Lowery shows absolute mastery here of storytelling, tone, pace, plot development, direction of actors, camera usage. His writing, adapting such a legendary work as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight so deftly, is right on point.
Vikander grips me and touches me to the core with her rarefied beauty, that grand voice, and her acting skills. That speech she gives as the apparent true 'lady' that…
Rachael Harris is a marvel in this film. She fully embodies this character of Linda who has led one too often miserable, undeserved life in a marriage that has one helluva deception from her rat bastard husband that's been going on for 25 years. And no, it's not the predictable affair scenario. But do to some sort of almost karmic coincidence of timing and age, she gets a second chance to regain her life fully, and to get that joy…
Brilliant work by Schrader and Hawke. It's writing and direction like this that have made Schrader an artist of great stature. And it's a performance such as this that shows the impressive growth of Hawke as an actor. I often found him to be very limited in his range, with only subgenre stuff or some more comedic parts being effective. Here, he shows the maturity and experience of his years going fully into his portrayal of a very torn being who sincerely wants to do good for people and feel worthy of his post.
Samantha Morton is a helluva actress. Every role she just seems so natural, at ease with who she is that time. Shows remarkable range- of empathy, of perceptiveness, and experience. Marry that to Woody Harrelson at the top of his game and as good a performance as I can recall from Foster and you have the makings of a strong film from the standpoint of your key lineup of players.
The Messenger also has a winning, authentic screenplay and fine work behind the camera from director Moverman. Heavy stuff handled with taste, maturity, guttural reality and subtlety. 3.8 stars