Listen, Frances McDormand is a powerhouse, Sam Rockwell is a treat and Woody Harrellson was a surprising knockout... But how is this Oscar nominated? It's GOOD. Maybe even REAL good but it's filled with awkward misses in humour and forced plot points. Expectations are a pain, so go in with lowered ones here. That's an unintentionally harsh review. Worth watching just not an Oscar movie.
Absolutely beautifully shot. Daniel Day-Lewis was captivating and entirely believable, I can see why he would retire after this.
That being said, not my favorite PTA film. In fact, bottom 3 easily. It wasn't a bad film and I look forward to reading more about it (hopefully to change my opinion) but I just wasn't that compelled by it.
I can't help but think this role would be better served by someone 5 years older and 2 feet taller BUT Radcliffe does a nice job of filling the role. His outbursts whenever he felt about to get caught always felt like a flash of brilliance.
On the whole, a fairly disturbing film if you think about it in the context that these people actually exist and that our current US political climate is probably fanning their flames.
If I were a more eloquent individual I could wax on about how powerful and important this movie is. The story of such a huge dissent told while it is happening is a bit unreal. I wish there were some uplifting message at the end about governments reigning it in but I saw none.
Must see for anyone. Period.