The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)

“If it’s in focus, it’s pornography, if it’s out of focus, it’s art.” – Billy Kwan

Number of Times Seen – 1 (28 Apr 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A young and inexperienced reporter is sent to cover the political upheaval in Jakarta during the 1960’s and gets in far over his head when things get even more complicated.

My Take on it – This is a film that I have heard about for literally decades but never had the chance to see what it was all about.

The fact that I’m in the process of watching all of the films that have had Oscar nominated performances, I finally got around to watching it.

This is a film with a very interesting and intriguing premise that finds a way to give us a quick overview of the political basis of this very troubled area of the world during the 1960’s.

The choice to have the main character be a young and inexperienced reporter actually helps the viewer get a better understanding of the complex political landscape since we learn about this as he is also finding them out.

This gives us the opportunity to see things from the eye of someone who also isn’t 100% sure of everything that is going on.

The cast is great and both Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver do nice jobs with their roles.

Unfortunately tho, it’s quite hard to actually believe their budding romance because the way things are presented make it seem so implausible.

The stand out here tho is without a doubt Linda Hunt who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for playing a character who happens to be male.

She plays this part so exceptionally that it’s quite easy to constantly forget that we are watching a woman play the part of a man instead of believing that we are watching a man play the part.

This is perfect acting because it works so seamlessly and helps bring the viewer into the story being told.

Bottom Line – Interesting film that manages to give us a quick overview of the political background of this troubled area of the world.  The use of a novice reporter as the protagonist helps the viewer to get a much better understanding of everything that is going on because we can learn about everything that is going on through his inexperienced eyes. Gibson and Weaver are both great here despite the fact that it’s quite difficult to actually believe that their characters find a way to fall in love.  The standout is obviously Hunt who plays her character so perfectly that it’s so easy to forget that she is an actress playing a male character instead of being that male character.  She very deservingly won an Oscar for her performance in this film for Best Supporting Actress.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Linda Hunt is the first actress to have won an Academy Award for portraying a member of the opposite sex. Hunt is also the only actress ever to win an Academy Award for playing a man, with no cross dressing or gender confusion involved. Hilary Swank (Boys Don’t Cry (1999)) received one for playing a biological female, who identifies as a man, while Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love (1998)) received one for playing a woman, pretending to be a man, pretending to be a woman. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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