Promising plot that goes in too many directions. Yet, the cinematography and the performances bring it home. Exhilarating final shot.
I can now join the people who've been shouting from the rooftops that Gyllenhaal got snubbed at the Oscars.
"GYLLENHAAL GOT SNUBBED." - Me
Seriously, this movie is amazing. It focusses on one particular industry / subculture, yet it's very telling of our entire society. You don't root for Lou Bloom. Except from the fact that he likes to water his plants, you don't even know much about him. But he pulls you in, so deep.
I hope Gilroy returns to the directing chair, and I hope, despite my undying love for The Grand Budapest Hotel, that this movie picks up the Oscar for original screenplay.
About a year and a half ago I saw a play called Na de Repetitie / Persona (After the Rehearsal / Persona), a two parter based on Bergman‘s films. They worked extremely well together, both questioning the relevance of art in everyday life. This wasn’t the first time I saw a theatre adaptation of one of Bergman‘s films. Scènes uit een huwelijk (Scènes from a marriage) is probably the best play I’ve ever seen. Both are directed by Ivo Van Hove (Toneelgroep Amsterdam), who recently won the Olivier Award for directing A view from the bridge at the Young Vic.