If predominant viewer focus is fine acting (and/or cinematography), it's often a symptom of a relatively weak story. Fine acting should disappear to serve the story, not be the story. Miller was "concerned with observing a story instead of telling a story." But his observing doesn't penetrate beyond the obvious; it offers little sense of a unique perspective. As a result, despite fine acting the film is banal.
First of all this movie stands tall because of the strong performances offered by the leading actors. Also great cinematography, really appreciated how this movie was filmed. The intensity of this was huge, the villain of this movie contributing decisive to that feeling. A cold character, very intimidating and without remorse. The shocking ending was a truly proof of those flaws. 8/10. Some things missing.
2014 Best Film of the year for me. Mark Ruffalo's performance is the best of the year. Channing Tatum's character arch is so well written. The rythm might disturbs you if you're used to TV show or hollywood's movie but if you accept that you won't be able to leave your eyes off the screen. A Mesmerizing movie. Masterpiece.
4.5. It is soooo depressing to watch (both in a good way and a bad way). The good things are this movie is brilliant, I think this is one of Bennett Miller's best works, also Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum deliver outstanding and breathtaking performances. The bad thing is the fact that it is based on a true story, so it's not the movie's fault actually, it's just a horrible fact.
3.5 Sound is the most unusual issue here - hardly a scene with a realistic audio background...It's often very quiet, mood is most important and the songs are well put. Carell is good (the emptiness of his character is intentional, I guess), Tatum fine, Ruffalo great. All in all a bit too long.
well, nice colours, nice scenes, and apparently Channing Tatum can act (and a pretty good one, too). I think I understand the characters' personal dealings, but I didn't really get what the actual flounders between them. Sometimes, with the camera stirs, or the supposed-to-explain mellow soundscores, the drama felt like overacted.
I find this film hard to explain - I felt it on some primal level like the characters are forces of possession, growth, destruction...what I got out from it is that evil sometimes exists for no reason at all - it cannot be explained or stopped. It has no mind. I don't know - weird film, it really stirred emotions for me, but be careful, I can easily see it as boring for someone else (or myself on a different day).