Thursday, 14 April 2011

Leaves of Grass Review

This was Steph's pick for the Wednesday night movie.  She went to Rogers to find something last minute and hit a home run.

I need to meet Tim Blake Nelson.  I need to ask him if he was trying to just tell a quirky thriller story with this movie or if he was going for something more allegorical with a moral.  I couldn't tell.  It seemed through the whole picture that he wanted to say something very profound but it just never came as to what it would be.  That being said, this is still a very good movie.  It's funny and dramatic when it needs to be.  The tempo is kept at the right pace and it never really seems to drag along.

It's a really cool story about the relationship between twins that have become very different people as time has gone on.  The acting performances are solid all the way around.  But with a cast like Ed Norton, Tim Blake Nelson, Susan Sarandon and Richard Dreyfuss, you would expect them to be.  Norton, in particular, gives two fantastic performances as the twins.  They are supposed to have taken very different paths and they are so different that you can see this.  But because they are played by the same guy, you can obviously see the similarities.  To top that off, as the movie progresses, you can see their tendencies start to come back together a bit.

Nelson also does a great job in writing this movie.  Although their is one point where characters make unrealistic yet correct assumptions that seems to be impossible, it doesn't take away from the film.  Over all, it's quite solid with no real holes.

See it.  It's too bad it never got the release it should have.  It is very entertaining.

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