OMG, the same as Gladiator
LOL, honestly after its boxoffice yesterday, I wouldn't write the film off yet.
The reviews are pretty mediocre (72 Rotten Tomatoes, 64 Metacritic) especially comparing to the trend of recent Best Picture winners (I think since what happened after Crash, pretty much all Best Picture winners have really high Metacritic scores?), and certainly low compare to contenders this year (Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln, Argo and The Master). But the film seems to be really clicking with audiences emotionally, and if this was 15-20 years ago, during the era of Gladiator and Braveheart, its reviews probably wouldn't matter as much as it does now.
The problem will be/is in the director spot. I know a couple of movies have won without a Best Director nomination, but that’s so rare, and it’s happened in years that looked weaker than this one.
Now, if Hooper gets a director nod, then yes, the movie will be a contender to win regardless reviews. But that’s a big “If”, especially considering how crowded the best director field looks, and how persistent the word on Hooper’s visuals being the main problem has been.
But director isn't that competitive this year. Spielberg, Affleck and Bigelow are locked, but I can see Hooper replacing Ang Lee and especially David O'Russell.
Jali Awards Best Actress 1920-1925
1920 Tora Teje, Erotikon // 1921 Pola Negri, The wildcat
1922 Anna May Wong, The toll of the sea // 1923 Marion Davies, Little old New York
1924 Marie Prevost, The marriage circle // 1925 Gloria Swanson, Stage struck
LOL, in Spain’s best-sold film magazine, the edgiest critic has given it 4 stars (saying it feels almost like a silent movie in the way it squeezes melodrama juice via close-ups) and the most traditional a pan (comparing its editing and frenzied camera to Luhrman, as if that was a bad thing). LOL I’d love it if this became cult among les edgies!
This will be the Godards favorite movie of all timez.
Jackman, wobbly Bring Him Home and all, is extraordinary; I thought the scene where he meets young Cosette was pretty magical, frankly.
Hathaway is winning the Oscar, period and full stop.
I'm giving this a B+ only for two reasons: Crowe is really kind of weak as Javert; even if I think that Javert's Suicide was fine, the rest was kinda, sorta blah.
The other reason is that I think Hooper fucked-up Master of the House. Pretty much hated everything about it. Fortunately, I think the rest of the numbers are fine.
It's good. Would have been extraordinary with a better Javert.
Audience-wise, I think it will do fine. Saw it once with a redneck crowd in Hickory and again with a foodie art house crowd in Asheville, and both crowds were blubbering messes and applauded at the end. Box-office for this should be fine.
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A pessimist is a well-informed optimist-Napoleon
If the number should fall, we'll update the title again, right?
This is the high end version of Mamma Mia!, basically, and I am not sure it was aiming for more. Whatever Oscar nods and wins it'll land will just be the icing on the cake.
Maybe I'm clouded by how much I loved the film, but I can see AMPAS giving the critics the finger and going for this in a big way anyway. There seems to be a pretty clear divide between audience and critical reception here. I don't even think Hooper is totally out of it, but it will still be an uphill battle with that branch.
Great. Now who's going to watch Sunday Rose on SAG night??