Sling Blade ★★★★

I've been having a hard time writing a review for this movie, so here are the highlights from my notes.

It really is amazingly written, and all the characters feel real in the depth and complexity of their personality and in the sense that none of them are obviously tied to any sort of ulterior plot motives. Somehow you can see reflections or contrasts of the protagonist in almost every character around him.

There's something about the minimalist cinematography (most shots are flat with few cuts) which lends to the realism of the story while also naturally highlighting the more artistic shots which function as turning points.

Billy Bob Thornton did an incredible job transforming himself for his role. I couldn't even "see" him for the first few scenes.

Fabulous ending.

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