January 02, 2005


When a film achieves such critical acclaim you inevitably enter it with very high expectations. My advice - don't think about that when you go to see it. It is a good movie. It is a very good movie. But I wouldn't say it's the year's best film. Basically, it's a moving look at the life of an unhappy loser (so kind of like Alexander Payne's last film, About Schmidt ... and I suppose one could argue that Election is about that too). And it's very well done, no question. And I think that the talk of Oscar nominations (and maybe even wins) for the supporting perfomances by Thomas Haden Church and Virginia Madsen is completely understandable. Both are great. But don't watch it expecting a cinematic miracle. It's a very good movie. But it's not flawless.

Posted by armand at January 2, 2005 11:23 AM | TrackBack | Posted to Movies

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