Fuckin a. What a great film. No wonder PTA high jacked it for Punch Drunk Love.
This film has almost nothing to do with the book. If you've read the book it would be best to see it as a separate work. For what it is, it's a very solid film. The film score is awesome, the pioneering CinemaScope work is... interesting. I don't know. There is no excuse for that many diagonal shots. Really, any professional director should know better. But it's still fun to watch some one try it out. The beginning portion of…
I don't know exactly how they he did it, but Todd Phillips managed to make a straight art-film character-study and market it as a superhero spinoff to make mad profit and, more importantly, get a massive audience in the door.
As absolutely everyone will tell you (even those who despise the film) the acting is brilliant. But who expected anything else from Joaquin? It's a hard film to watch. Strangely woke up this morning thinking "I should watch…