Affecting. It meanders and wears its heart on its sleeve, much as the coveted "Deer Hunter" did; Cooper is clearly riffing on Cimino. It's also got that film's desaturated, blue-collar charisma and a cast of a-listers sinking comfortably into roles practically written for them. Structural confidence is lacking, but if a grim, recession-charged crime thriller is your jam (it is, or it isn't), you'll really dig it.
People are giving this a bit of a hard time, given the cast and the director they seem to expect something different. This film was exactly as advertised - a tense and dreary thriller focusing (very loosely) on post-war and post-economic depression woes as well as hyper-masculine aggression and rivalry. Really though, how did it lead you to expect anything different? For what it was, I was quite engaged.
Another decent slice of sad-sack americana in the wake of the post-depression era. The production design manages to capture the tone of a country slowly withering away but the actors does not. The cast is beyond stellar but they have little to do to make any kind of impression on the audience and some of them are down right wasted. Only Affleck's performance shows the hidden layers of the story.Good but not great.
Completely baffled by the average ratings this is getting. It's an exceptionally beautiful, moving, and genuine film that reminded me of gems from the 70s when real actors were more or less the norm - does no one realise how incredible the cast here is? The whole film is one long 'Oscar moment'; had there been one demarcated scene screaming "watch that performance!", I'm sure people would have been all over it.
Buon film di Cooper,che non raggiunge i livelli di "crazy hearts",ma conferma di girare in modo solido e con cornici e sottofondi sempre azzeccati.Mi è piaciuto molto il montaggio alternato tra la scena di caccia e la scena di combattimento,mentre il finale è abbastanza sbrigativo e ridondante.Comunque una buona conferma. Harryson grandioso.