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Let's talk about the accents attempted by the ensemble. Because it really is difficult to enjoy this film without being distracted by how dialogue is delivered by each of the characters.
Jared Leto, who plays Paolo Gucci, does pretty well. Yet Leto is aided by the amazing makeup work done that rivals the makeup done on Christian Bale to transform him into Vice President Dick Cheney for "Vice."
Lady Gaga's accent is passable. It's debatable whether it is an Italian…
The finale action sequence makes for a decent payoff, but ultimately, it fails to distinguish itself from other movies of the genre because it is not cartoonish and outlandish enough.
Bob Odenkirk’s character takes himself way too seriously, which doesn’t play as well as if the movie had allowed itself to be much more of a black comedy. There are bread crumbs in the beginning of the movie that we imagine will be followed by the character and create dark…
There's possibly a message about greed and materialism underneath the simple narrative of Rob (Nicolas Cage) trying to figure out who kidnapped his truffle pig. Ultimately, the love Rob has for his pig is satisfying enough that you don't need the film to expound on any kind of profound statement.
This is a shot of pure cinematic adrenaline, and the reason it works so magnificently is because director George Miller made the choice to use practical effects. The vehicles in the chase, which basically spans all 110 minutes of the film, are real. The digital elements and tools used to make sequences seamless do not rely on, as Miller would put it, “green screen fakery.” The film also gives us one of the best characters to root for in recent…