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Falling In Love Again

It is easy to get sick of all this awards season stuff. Thank God for Sundance – which can be a little like trading off a kidney stone with an anal fissure

6 Responses to “Falling In Love Again”

  1. Blackcloud says:

    I watched the KoH director’s cut over the holidays. It’s good (I’ve never seen the theatrical version), but I think the modern filmmaking sensibilities get in the way. Scott uses way too much slow-mo, and the soundtrack is very distracting. I usually don’t complain about soundtracks, but this one was lousy. Where’s a great orchestral score when you need one? Ditch the world-music “authenticity”. The cast is good, with the usual exception of Orlando Bloom, who just can’t carry a movie. I think I’d appreciate it more on the big screen, and would definitely pay to see it if I had the opportunity.

  2. AH says:

    Blackcloud, I don’t necessarily disagree about the slow-mo but I definitely disagree about Bloom. The supporting cast complemented him but he definitely, and ably, carried this movie.

  3. crazycris says:

    I agree with AH, the WHOLE cast of Kingdom of Heaven put in some excellent performances! A great movie (especially for a medieval history nut), in spite of a few (usual) liberties taken.
    Sounds like Dave’s enjoying his job this weekend, good for him! ;o) (as long as he keeps us informed of all the interesting tidbits! 😛 )

  4. little_miss_moonshine says:

    “Sounds like Dave’s enjoying his job this weekend, good for him!”

  5. Blackcloud says:

    Bloom’s alright (it’s probably his best performance). But compared to the characters of Liam Neeson, David Thewlis, Brendan Gleeson, Alexander Siddig, Eva Green, and Ghassan Massoud, his isn’t particularly interesting or compelling. Maybe that’s the script’s fault; maybe it’s his. Either way, I don’t think he has the gravitas for the role, and what I saw on screen didn’t convince me otherwise. However, his peformance would be well down my list of the movie’s flaws.
    Oh, and don’t forget Jeremy Irons.

  6. Oh god Jeremy Irons was awful. Or, at least I thought he was in the theatrical cut I watched. Just… wow. I thought his head was going to explode he was overacting so much.
    I certainly hope these i-heart-the-industry entries aren’t a regular thing. They’re as infuriating as reading the UK is only just getting The Upside of Anger. WTF is that all about?

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