True story of young man who shuns the ordinary life to hitchhike across the country, gaining life experience and meeting interesting people. Hirsch is superb, Holbrook heartbreaking. Solid direction from Sean Penn.
Definitely long, but graceful - not focused on Brad's physical appearance, but his character's true display of curiosity. Monty Markham (Death Takes a Holiday) did this movie way back, although not the 1st release, & was passionate then. Can watch Meet Joe Black over & over again (& have). Claire Folani is the captivating role in this film & as far as I can recall Anthony Hopkins hasn?t bombed a role yet. Brad is on the cover but, again he?s really not the focus of the film ? his character only examines the purposes of human life. Watch it again very closely & see if you have a different perspective.
One of those few movies that are simply perfect in every way. The Coen brothers have created (another) masterpiece--the script is lyrical, and the actors deliver their lines with graceful emotion (most notably of which is Gabriel Byrne, whose subtle performance is fascinating); every shot and camera angle is a work of art, and is meshed together perfectly by sharp editing and a superb soundtrack.
As a general rule, I don't tend to like horror movies, unless they're exceptional. ("Alien" and "The Sixth Sense" would top my list there.) I don't go near slasher crap, and I much prefer suspense.
"The Mist" is Horror with a capital 'H', but I watched it because it was Frank Darabont adapting Stephen King (plus, there seemed to be a bit of a sci-fi element to it), and I was not disappointed. In fact, I was totally blown away. This movie grabbed me by the jugular from the first scenes and didn't let go.
Even with all the terrifying things coming from the mist, the greatest horror the characters face comes from each other; and while many people complain about the ending, to me it was incredibly effective, and absolutely devastating.
If I have any problem with "The Mist", it was with the uneven CGI--at times brilliant, and at others too obviously fake. But the story hooked me so much, none of that mattered. A masterpiece.
Best Coen movie ever
Reviewed by CoolerKing for Miller's Crossing at 2008-04-04 11:34:01
There's just not an ounce of fat in this film. About as near-perfect as they come. The dialogue is like hardboiled blood poetry, and the look and mood are killer. Tremendous performances throughout, and the "Danny Boy" scene with Albert Finney getting fancy with a tommy gun is a classic.