I'll follow Rian Johnson anywhere after The Brothers Bloom which is one of the best films of the last decade, and certainly one of the most underappreciated.
Huh. Really, kupo? I think it would have worked better with actors other than Brody and Weisz. Ruffalo and Kikuchi were masterful. Also, the tone was kind of weird. Shit, I don't know how to be more specific here.
It's definitely not a film for everybody. As you say, it takes on a fairly strange, erratic, difficult-to-pin-down tone. But I view that as one of its great strengths. And as a treatise on human identity it's hard to find a more kupo-ish film. Which is just a way of saying it thematically resonates with me in a very strong way.
I remember Roger Ebert in his review of the film claiming that it was just a bit *too* clever for its own good. That it would have done better to stop a twist or two sooner. But again, the fact that it pushes the twists to the point of absurdity kind of becomes its modus operandi. This is a film that is meant to demonstrate everything is scripted--life itself--and therefore open to constant revision. I know I'm one of the few, but I find it a much richer film than Brick, which is by all means a good film and a successful genre exercise, but doesn't strike me as much else.
I can agree with that sentiment!
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A friend of mine slept with someone who has a small role in this.
Glad to see Emily Blunt in a lot more major films since The Young Victoria , and wow, I knew it was JGL but that does NOT look like him!
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Couldn't they have cast or at least waited for actors who would've actually looked like they would be the same person? The premise is interesting but that make-up just looks so off.
This was clearly meant for Brad Pitt and Robert Redford like 20 years ago.
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Empire gives it 5/5 (print)
Full reviews will launch on September 8th, but for now be pleased to know that the film surpasses even elevated expectations. Joseph Gordon Levitt continues his string of impeccable choice of roles, and Bruce Willis hasn't been this great in almost a decade. This Twelve Monkeys/La Jettée meets The Terminator via The Shining is an absolute joy to watch, with the filmmakers at every turn showing how in control of their material they are.
Accessible to a general audience while still having moments that will warm any film geek's heart, this is the kind of genre film that elevates the form. With feigned effortlessness, the filmmakers have managed to mess around with a pile of tired tropes and clichés, coming out in the end with something that feels entirely new and fresh.
Quite simply, Looper does for high concept time traveling flicks what Raiders of the Lost Ark did for Action/Adventure serials.
It's not to be missed.
I hope it lives up to the hype.