I feel like this ALMOST really works. The cast does a remarkable job with some genuinely bleak shit but where I was hoping for some kind of wowzer of an ending that subverted my expectations, I ended up getting more or less what I thought was going to happen. This wouldn't normally be worth calling out but in this case that ending was so painfully sad that it just kind of bummed me out more than I would have liked.…
It was just last week in my musings about Ridley Scott's 'Napoleon' that I once again aired my annoyances at biopics that attempt to cover someone's entire adult life but end up just feeling like a collection of scenes checking off all of their career highlights without much of a bigger creative narrative or thesis behind it.
I am overjoyed to report that Bradley Cooper bucks that biopic trend. THIS is how it should be done, ladies and gentlemen!
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
From the moment this project was announced I thought, "This probably won't be for me." What could I possibly find of interest in what would most likely be an extended commercial for the world's most popular "girl's toy"?
But then Greta Gerwig signed up to write and direct. My interest was piqued.
And then that cast got assembled. I was very much paying attention.
And now I've seen it and frankly I'm a bit blown away.
From the wondrously fanciful…
Michael Moore has the power to turn people against each other in record time if you happen to disagree on his merits as a documentary filmmaker but with Bowling For Columbine I truly believe he defined a time period of American history better than any other cinematic resource. He asks some very difficult questions here that ultimately can't be answered definitively but as a conversation starter this is perfection.
The saddest thing about it though is that 10 years later…