“He’s just doing Scorsese.” “He’s too obsessed with the period.” “The women outshine the men.” These are all things that have been uttered in my presence and much to my chagrin. All true statements, but none of which detract from what very well may be the best film of the year.
The nearly perfect Eggplant Scene in True Romance remains my favorite of all time. In just over ten minutes of cinematic perfection the viewer feels, I mean really feels: fear, intensity, humor, joy and ultimately sadness and despair. American Hustle took just under 138 minutes, but all of these same emotions were worked over by the end. Many movies can cause laughter, sadness and or fear, but to nail so many and to do it so effectively without the use of violence is something to be respected.
It’s been over two weeks since my first viewing and these five characters continue to linger in my waking conscious and I love it. We’re lucky to get a movie or a story with one memorable character. Here we have five and the fact that the ladies out shined the men, well that makes it even better. David O’Russell has always had a great sense of humor, but now it seems he’s found his feminine side. Nailed is next. Involves Jessica Biel, a nail in her head and Washington DC. Let’s all count the days.
5 0f 5
Must Watch = 5 0f 5 (See it in the theater if possible/buy it or pay for rental.)
Should Watch = 4 of 5 (Worth a theater visit or sending away for)
Could Watch = 3 of 5 (If it’s on a pay channel or streaming for free)
Should Not Watch = 2 of 5 (Only if friends or family insist)
Do Not Watch = 1 of 5 (Don’t allow friends or family to make this mistake)