This film seemed like it was trying to be a few different things as it depicted the life of a stunt flier – a comedy and a more serious drama. The first half of it is very light and humorous and feels very much akin to other projects that Redford worked on with Hill. At the midpoint, however, it shifts with several darker moments that seem to shift the entire thing to a different type of film. It's not a…
I always go back and forth on whether I like this film or not, but rewatching it, I really found myself captivated by the characters and, in particular, Tommy's journey into isolation.
I don't think I'd classify this as a gangster genre film, even though that's its subject. It's not really a crime story either. It's really a character piece about a character whose motivations are always hidden, and half the time seemingly even from himself.
Sonnenfeld's cinematography and Burwell's score are standouts in this film. Production design, casting, direction -- all spot-on.
What a delight watching this on the big screen. Honestly, I could tell I was watching film but not sure the 70mm mattered as much. I appreciate that Christopher Nolan is such an advocate of it and pushed for this release, but without having a chance to watch it on the big screen in either 35mm or digitally projected, I don't know if I'd be able to pinpoint the difference.
Still, the bigger the better with this one. I'm glad to check off 'big screen presentation' for this.