MikeBSG wrote:And then the movie ran into a ditch. It became super elliptical, didn't show us the fate of key characters, and then just had us sit and listen to folk wisdom speeches before the movie suddenly ended.
And I wanted to throw something through the screen. I am not a Coen Brothers fan, and I guess I will never be one.
CineMaven wrote:Mr. Arkadin wrote:I am not a fan of the Coen brothers, but I loved this film, perhaps precisely for all the reasons you hated it. The movie presents two different philosophies: The idea of fate, or determinism versus free will, or personal responsiblity. These concepts are played out in several different scenerios, leading up to the final scene where Bell, who has chosen to retire rather than pursue a dangerous criminal, talks of a dream which forshadows his own demise. While he has chosen to stay alive, he is still a lawman and knows that Anton is a killing machine, who offers little chance of survival. The film leaves us hanging because it wants us to contemplate these concepts. Do we weave the fabric of our lives or is the pattern already chosen?
RedRiver wrote:I'm going to start cranky, then get a little more positive. I like nothing about THEY ALL LAUGHED. I don't find it the least bit funny (It is a comedy, isn't it?). The relationships don't excite me. The story never wants to end. I take little satisfaction from the Coen film either. Maybe I missed something. But to me, it's PRIMARILY about "a killing machine." Meaning, there's not a heck of a lot more to it.
I did, however, like THE WHISPERERS. A lot. An elegant, sad British film; neatly played, and featuring artful black and white photography. The quiet story of an elderly woman whose sensibilities are leaving her, and whose family already has. The director's use of quiet despair is eerie and dramatic. Not scary in the "somebody's after me" sense, but in a more realistic way. It depicts a threat that happens in every city, every day.
The story does contain a violent crime. I'm not sure that's necessary. The sequence is exciting. It doesn't detract from a fine movie. But the real drama, the conflict, is in old age and loneliness; poverty and fear. That storyline is enough to carry the film.
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