Does it use real sugar or corn syrup?
This film can be enjoyed by a five-year old. This film can be enjoyed by a fifty-year old. The reasons both enjoy the film are disparate but equally valid. This film is a simple tale while also being a knowing and hilarious history of the western genre (with a Gilliamesque tint).
Saw the teaser trailer for the new film adaption (starring Gary Oldham and Colin Firth) coming out later this year and was inspired to reread what some consider Le Carre's masterpiece. The book is slow, plodding, methodical, and is all the better because of these traits. Once you enter the event horizon you're pulled down a rabbit hole into the drab ordinariness that drives humans to commit evil.
Picked this up while shopping. Sort of an afterthought. I liked the cover. I recalled a lot of favorable reviews. Opened it a couple nights ago and have spent the last couple days just barreling through the thing because it's exceptional. Honest, brutal, and hilarious; the Richards caricature crumbles. I didn't even care about the Rolling Stones, but now I'm listening to Exile on Main Street.
What I once believed was a potent and hilarious anti-war film is, upon a recent viewing, actually, and probably inadvertently, a powerful neo-conservative piece of propaganda. I don't know why, but that somehow made the film mean more to me, because it now challenged my own value system, and isn't that what art's supposed to do? Context changed the film's meaning.
Cool. I remember this movie coming out a while back, but never saw it. Will definitely check it out.
@beckett13 you raise some points that make me think of all those private contractors we paid to run wild in Iraq. For me, I think what we've learned about those characters would really color this movie were I to re-watch it. Interesting stuff
Definitely worth watching. It's great Terry Gilliam and, like Brazil, it advocates that, ultimately, there is little hope for the individual and the only way to realize happiness is to withdraw from reality. The movie also gets better and more meaningful with repeat viewings.
hmm i will check it out. my boyfriend's dad has a poster of it in their living room, so i fee like it must be good haha