"Ain't Them Bodies Saints" worships Terry Malick to a somewhat distracting degree, even if it does succeed in emulating the auteur's signature style. But it's the performances and characters in "Saints" that win you over, in any case -- Rooney Mara and Ben Foster in particular are sublime, with solid supporting work from the compulsively watchable Keith Carradine.
Points for the beautiful, dusty cinematography, the wonderful pace, good performances, and a perfect soundtrack. But no points for the familiar story or its execution, as Lowery makes no attempt to do anything fresh with the material. Not to mention the one-dimensional portrayal of Texas (even stranger seeing Lowery is a Dallas boy). The title is far too ambiguous, and irritating, but that's not a focus by any means.
Quite wonderful character piece that seems derivative of Malick at times but finds its own voice as it goes on. Lowery is one to watch but the film sings due to the wonderful trio of lead performances by Mara, Affleck and Foster with a winning supporting turn from Carradine. The story isn't novel but the films' pacing and performance make it one to remember. Wonderfully shot and edited with a fitting soundtrack.
A simple drama with a lot of emotional weight in it. The performances were both lovely, I could just watch Casey Affleck (and his voice) on screen forever and Mara gives a career best performance. The opening scene and the birth montage toward the beginning gave me chills along with that astounding score. The ending was also very effective. Perhaps not the most original film of 2013, but a damn fine one at that.
Tender, nostalgic, beautifully shot and scored, this movie has a rather simple plot but it does make you care for the gracious Ruth - Rooney Mara is impeccable - and her adorable daughter.
While the final act felt a little anticlimactic, it was still sad and a bit emotional to see how this love story was simply not meant to be. It made me interested in seeing what Lowery will do next.
I thought the acting was very good all around, but then, something about (the film) did feel a bit unfocused or unsustained, or...maybe it lacked what other filmmakers often refer to as a sense of "directorial control"..So yeah, although the important elements did somehow manage to drift together by the film's end -- well, let's just say that the captain didn't bring the ship into port unscathed. ha....whatever..