As one of the most well-regarded films of all time, I was looking forward to this for a while. The filmmaking is some of the strongest I’ve seen recently, but I certainly can’t identify what it is about the film on a human, political, or emotional level that everyone seems to connect with. The length and pace are not issues, I just wish there was something for me to grab onto during the ride. Still very glad I finally saw it.
There are a lot of films. This one is probably the best one.
Admittedly, I started watching this over a month ago on a bus ride up the east coast to see my girlfriend for spring break. When the passenger next to me got chatty, I decided to hold off on continuing it. I finished the first half when I got back to Florida but couldn't seem to find the ideal time to watch the second half in the last…
"I'm not sorry. And I'll not apologize. And I'd as soon go to Dublin as to hell."
Every so often a film comes along and completely redefines our expectations of what cinema can be. For me, one of these was Barry Lyndon. In September 2015 I caught it on TCM and was transfixed. Never before had I seen a film crafted with such care and precision. Two viewings and 17 months later, my opinion of it has only improved.
The ultimate ballad of unchanging behavior. Kenneth Lonergan is a genius. Didn't think I could possibly love this more than I did the first time, but I do. Maybe I'm a freak, but somehow, despite it's emotionally gutting subject material, this movie doesn't depress me nor get me down. I don't know why. The extent of its realism just shocks me and puts me in a trance. In fact watching this tonight resolved the uneasy feeling I've had for the last couple of days. The script overflows with empathy. Without hesitation, a masterpiece.