Moments ranging from brilliant to atrocious, this was a bit of a misfire for me. As badly as I wanted to love it, it just couldn't set its hook in me. The dialogue was clever and sharp as a bolito, on paper. On camera, it seemed a little dry and mishandled. Diaz gives the worst performance, while all other players are pretty charming most of the time. The thrills were thrilling, but perhaps a little too few.
Cormac McCarthy's particular brand of grim fatalism and outmoded misogyny makes for strange bedfellows with director Ridley Scott's glossy, music video-style aesthetic. And yet the slick visuals go a long way in making the disjointed narrative more palpable. The biggest issue may be that, for a film full of colorful supporting characters, the 'counselor' at the center of it all is the least compelling figure here.
I'd be tempted to call this Ridley's tribute to Tony if the film hadn't started production before his suicide. I was never really a fan of Tony but this film makes me miss him. In Tony's hands, the film could have achieved a truly delirious incoherence. But this is a tonal mess and stylistic disaster and unfortunately makes Cormac McCarthy's floridly brilliant nihilistic monologues that much more jarring.
One of the less politically correct mainstream movies I've seen in years. The main character, as if he were a child, is told numerous fables during the whole movie but he's unable to grasp their meaning. He can only comprehend the surface of things: according to Ridley Scott, he's an American. Masterpiece.
I'm still making my mind about this one, things I still cannot describe or assess, but it was way more interesting at first sight than I suspected and heard (although Independencia's review was quite interesting). However that scene with Diaz, the face of Bardem, what has been seen cannot be unseen.
Watchable but empty exercise from Ridley Scott while not deserving the widespread scorn it got from the mainstream press doesn't really deserve defending either. Very weak script that never really seems to reach its destination with a mix of fair to middling performance from its 'all-star' cast. Technically strong (it is a Scott picture) its story and character weaknesses are just exaggerated by comparison. A miss.
I think I'm rating this higher than what I actually think it is. Though, there's something about this that I still quite can't grasp that really clicked with me, perhaps it is Cormac McCarthy's exposition of characters through dialogue rather than plot. I think my only wish is that this would've been accompanied visually on screen by another director's vision, say, Tony Scott?
This movie grabbed me from the start and didn't let go. Great performances from everyone including the very acidic Cameron Diaz. Even though Ridley's genius is on display at times I felt like I was in a Tony Scott film. Brilliant.