Of the movies released in 2013 that I have seen, there are so far three that I can say I loved and have either watched multiple times already or will likely watch again soon. Those three movies are World War Z, All is Lost and Inside Llewyn Davis.
I loved World War Z because it was suspenseful, action-packed, well-paced and contained a small dose of terror. I believe All is Lost, starring Robert Redford (and only Robert Redford) will go down in history as one of the best one-man films of all time and is certainly my pick for the best castaway, lost-at-sea movie. In case you didn’t know, there are only about a dozen words spoken during the entire film.
Inside Llewyn Davis, the Cohen brothers’ Grand Prix winner at the Festival de Cannes, is described generally as, “a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.”
I loved it for a variety of reasons:
- The music, obviously. There was so much great folk music including an original and quirky tune, Please Mr. Kennedy, which earned a Golden Globe nomination. Fare Thee Well was also a stand out song for me because of the faceless voice in the duet, Marcus Mumford, husband of Carey Mulligan, who also stars in the movie. (Listen in the trailer below.) I also loved that the songs were played in the movie in their entirety and all but one were recorded live.
- The supporting role played by Stark Sands was innocent and enjoyable and his performance was beautiful. Little do most viewers of the movie probably know that he was recently nominated for a Tony Award for his role in Kinky Boots on Broadway.
- Oscar Isaac’s hair.
- Cameos by Adam and Ray, from Girls.
- I have great respect for casting a cat in a movie because they are not obedient and can’t really be given much direction. I read that it complicated filming and that multiple cats had to be used. I loved the story of the cat and I don’t even like cats.
- This was by far my favorite movie appearance from Justin Timberlake. He belongs in movies that center around music.
- It ends when it should and doesn’t drag. I love a 100 minute movie.
I enjoyed this movie so much I decided to dedicate an entire blog post to it, which doesn’t happen always. So, go see it! And tell me what you think.
I don’t really do movie reviews but I saw three movies in the last 7 days, so I thought I’d make a few comments that might influence your movie-going-decision-making this weekend.
Moneyball – great screenplay with (as-expected by Aaron Sorkin) a lot of great dialogue and funny one liners. This movie is not a comedy but I laughed out loud at least a dozen times. Brad Pitt was yummy to look at for 2 hours (a little long for some people but I wasn’t bothered) and Jonah Hill was an excellent supporting actor. I’ve never taken him serious, but he wins big points for this quirky and nerdy but effective performance as Billy Beane’s sidekick. I don’t follow baseball much and knew nothing about Billy Beane’s story going into this movie, but I loved everything about it. In fact, it’s probably my favorite movie of the year so far. I give it a solid A.
Ides of March – can you really go wrong with Ryan Gosling and George Clooney? Eh… I don’t know. While I thought this movie was entertaining, especially as we find ourselves swirling around in the next Republican presidential primary, I also thought it was a little predictable. I did not like Evan Rachel Wood’s character and I didn’t find her influence on the story to be believable at all. I generously give it a B because it was a well-made movie, carried by two very nice-to-look-at actors.
50/50 – I was hoping for a tear jerker. And by that I mean I was hoping for a movie that was actually powerful enough to evoke tears, à la City of Angels, My Girl, Million Dollar Baby. I should have known any movie with Seth Rogen isn’t going to be that serious. I thought the relationship between Seth’s character and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s was endearing and believable but I wasn’t able to fully enjoy them because I was distracted by all the annoying characters. At the top of my hit list is Anna Kendrick’s character as a therapist. She just was not believable. And it wasn’t because of her youth or inexperience. It was because she just didn’t accurately play the role of a therapist. Wrong questions, wrong attitude, wrong approach. (Look at me, acting like I know all about therapy.) I also though Anjelica Huston was trying too hard to be Meryl Streep. Wow, I guess I disliked this movie more than I thought. I give it a C.
There you have it, go see Moneyball!