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Old January 2nd, 2009, 06:22 AM   #1
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What a movie! I mean the story the pace was just right, and when it ended it was heart-wrenching.

From a digital cinema perspective, it was one of the most beautiful digital films to look at. Great lighting and set design. I think Che is the best digital cinema movie this year though.
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 02:50 PM   #2
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I feel like Fincher could have achieved far more had he distanced himself from the material, and taken a slightly less earnest and straight-forward approach.

I also felt the "Hurrican Katrina" framing device was rather bludgeoning and poorly executed and the humming bird metaphore almost made me laugh out loud in the theater. However it's an interesting film. Not the best film of the year in my opinnion, but worth a viewing for the technical prowess and some decent performances.

Fincher usually knows what he is doing and I expect more from him, but I wouldn't say "don't see it!" Worth the price of admission, but not much more.
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Old January 2nd, 2009, 05:39 PM   #3
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I actually thought it was rather restrained, I expect an epic to be more bittersweet and soft, but Fincher held back.

Blame the bittersweet on Eric Roth, a master screenwriter.

I know Fincher is rather clinical in his approach to film making but I;m glad he showed some heart in this. He's know Kubrick and that's a good thing.
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Old January 20th, 2009, 01:20 AM   #4
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I have to go with Joseph on the it being one of the best looking (digital or otherwise) films of last year. The early indoor scenes and the hotel scene had an indescribable warmth. The film overall was great too, leaned a bit too much into Forrest Gump territory toward the middle, but the last third was excellent.
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