I love reading, writing, nature, hiking, and, of course, movies.
I love this movie. Sure, the facts are stretched as high as the sky to create this fantastic, Jules Verne-like voyage into upper regions of the sky, but the adventure here is visually splendid and intensely physical. Great work with sound editing - the crackling of the ice, the movement of the gas inside the balloon. You feel like you are in that balloon freezing your ass off. Great cinematography gives the film a giddy sense of vertigo.
This one didn't work for me. Takes a while to get going, and then I was never gripped. I enjoyed the humor, and I enjoyed the switch of the African American family thrown into the standard family-in-peril scenario - then the tight focus of the family-in-peril scenario gets overblown into something unwieldy. Kind of felt like a bad Shyamalan film with all sorts of disparate elements that are clever in isolation but just don't come together effectively - and with a surprise ending that kind of falls flat.
I assume Kyle (Bradley Cooper) comes home from four tours in Iraq, after killing 150 enemy insurgents, feeling all sorts of bad emotions, but Cooper, under Eastwood's direction, is as ineffective at getting us to understand and empathize with his character as Kyle is at expressing himself verbally.
Eastwood seems torn between depicting the war as a Vietnam-like morass and portraying Kyle as a patriotic American hero. When push comes to shove, Eastwood goes for the all-American hero protecting his…