This is one of those films that reminds of why I love movies. So entertaining, passionate, raw, stylish, beautiful and least to say powerful . 130 minutes, but feels like no time passed at all. Makes me wanna stand on my seat and scream "I love cinema!"
this is a raw fucking movie, nice montage, great scenes and actors, but most important : a hard true portrait about the 'real' brazil.
There is life in the City of God. Too bad then that the characters can't break out of being mere archetypes and become people that the audience can care about, and its mise-en-scene is more exhausting than rapturous.
A Mean Streets for the 21st century, so its perhaps unsurprising that some have seen the "Scorsese problem" in it: that is, it's so in love with film style that it divorces itself from the very reality it hopes to document and becomes pure movie myth. But that's simplifying it more than a little, and as far as pure movies go, the last decade hasn't done better. 5 stars.
I honestly think this is the film that fucked up my taste in films. (in a good way, I mean, to me anyways.) The film is well done and the filming is natural and the acting is well off fucking brilliant. I watched this in junior high and I keep on trying to find films like these. A classic for me.
This is one of my favorite films. Everything about it is well done. The cinematography and camera moves gave the film a really unique and technical style while still seeming gritty and flowing naturally. The characters were all very well fleshed out and you want to keep watching to see what happens to them next. Amazing film.
A masterpiece or trite sensationalism of a culture over-intoxicated with flashy cinematic techniques rather than a heartfelt message? This problem undermines what I once thought was a great film and ended up dogging Meirelles’ later work. Even if I was to praise it for the technical mastery, the debt to Martin Scorsese is writ so large it consumes any sense of Meirelles making a film through his own vision.
I have been wanting to watch this film for several years now and now that I have, I realise why everyone has been recommending it. It is well crafted, small character stories of the favelas (slums) of Rio where violence is out of control & kids grow up thinking it is a natural way of life. A story told passionately, by the director who also brought us the brilliant Constant Gardener, using mostly first time actors.
This was a powerful re-enactment of a true story of the vicious cycle of the gangster lifestyle that is portrayed with haunting accuracy. Brutal. It's heart breaking to know that the societies can be really really messed up and many of them because of the reasons desperations of how they live below the lowest standards in a horrible conditions. It really hits me with a punch! If only these people had more options! :(