In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 89 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 1 Dec 2016 and The 89th Annual Oscars on 26 Feb 2017.
Here is my 10th review of the 89 chosen Films…
“Have you ever tried to pick up your teeth with broken fingers? ” – Fergus
Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Dec 2016)
Brief Synopsis – An IRA hitman befriends a kidnapped British soldier and begin to re-evaluate his choices in life.
My Take on it – There are certain movies taht can have such an effect on your opinion of them based solely on things you hera about them befirehand.
This film is known for it’s big ‘twist’ which is no longer a surprise to most moviegoers especially after 24 years.
The premise never appealed to me because I actually thought it was about something else completely different than what it really is about.
Since this was (now) the most recent Best Picture film that I haven’t yet seen, I decided to finally take the plunge and watch it.
This story starts off really well and I really enjoyed the budding connection between Stephen Rea and Forest Whitaker (who are both really great here) and wasn’t quite sure where things were going with that.
Unfortunately, this film turns on itself and changes the story completely and it loses the potential that it had of being an amazing story of friendship.
I actually wonder what I would have thought of the way things move along here if I hadn’t already known the big twist that hits us along the way which sorta ruined things for me.
Overall, I would say that this film has some good scenes and some very good parts, but all in all, I’m not really convinced that it’s the kind of story that really deserved to be included among the top 5 films that year.
Bottom Line – Movie starts off really well, but loses its impact if you are aware of the big twist. Great performances by Rea and Whitaker make this start off as a film with so much potential that gets lost along the way. I wonder what I would have thought about it had I not known what would happen. I liked parts of this film, but I’m still not convinced that it’s a film that should have made the cut of the best 5 of the year.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Neil Jordan originally intended to title the film “The soldier’s wife”, however he was advised by his friend Stanley Kubrick to change it. Kubrick recommended this change because he believed that films with either religious or military titles usually deterred audiences and were often financial failures (something that Jordan had experienced when his religiously titled movies The Miracle (1991) and We’re No Angels (1989) flopped at the box office). Jordan selected the new title title from a 1960s hit British pop song. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy
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