September 28th, 2005
|08:57 pm - Mars Invictus|
Today I had the pleasure of seeing a movie that truly was worth the price of admission -- a rare event nowadays!!
I saw "Lord of War" starring Nicolas Cage as a modern-day gun runner -- and one who is very good at what he does. I found this to be a totally delightful black comedy -- excellent in every way. I rarely give a rave review, but this film deserves it.
Very political in content, with an acerbic wit to the script as well as acid-etched performances by the cast, this film deserves better popular attention than it will likely get, unfortunately. The real-politik that runs throughout this is refreshingly honest, especially for an American-made movie -- at times I wondered how it managed to get through the Hollywood studio process without being gutted. Like the arms around which the plot revolves, it somehow must have slipped under the radar . . .
On a side note, the previews of upcoming films were an interesting contrast -- a series of jingoistic pieces of manure soon to be offloaded into the laps of the American movie-going public. One piece of bombast after another came forth, all with an appropriately "patriotic" theme, in a flood reminiscent of the newsreel propaganda of World War II and the mostly trite war movies of the period. Apparently Hollywood hacks have decided the best way to make a buck in current red-state-dominated America is to play along and produce "feel-good" war movies -- barely disguised recruitment ads for the armed forces, by the look of the trailers.
Luckily the main feature took away the bad taste from my mouth that the previews had left, so the experience ended up being good, all things considered.
Current Mood: cheerful
Current Music: "Veteran of the Psychic Wars" by Blue Oyster Cult
I don't know if "Serenity" will be playing by me -- there isn't much choice in my neighborhood and going to Manhattan for a movie can be a pain. If it's being shown in a theater near me I definitely plan to see it.
I did see "True Lies" and liked it very much.
"Lord of War" blows it out of the water.
Go see "Lord of War" for yourself -- or rent/buy it on DVD when it comes out -- I doubt you'll regret doing so!!
As for a comparison of the two, "True Lies" I thought of more as a combination of romantic comedy, action flick and spy-genre spoof. "Lord of War" is really none of those, although there are elements of action flick in there. It is a MUCH more thoughtful script and far, far darker -- "True Lies" was playful at times, even downright silly, whereas "Lord of War" is often sardonic. There is no leavening element, as there was in the marital by-play of Schwarzenegger and Curtis, to lighten the tone of the film. "Lord of War" in many ways is more of a satire -- but one done with a perfect deadpan. That is part of its charm. :) Plus it has much more interesting cinematography!!!
"True Lies" was typical Hollywood product -- good product, but still product. "Lord of War" is much more like a European film -- entertaining, but with a bit of bite.
In other words, baby bear's porridge!!
|Date:||September 29th, 2005 11:03 pm (UTC)|| |
I must go see it then. I like "Veteran of the Psychic Wars". Its a great song for a Bass/Baritone to sing really loud!