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Old 11-21-2006, 12:08 AM   #16
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saw it yesterday, i thought it was too long..took too long to develop. it wasn't bad, just wasn't that good.

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Old 11-29-2006, 11:39 AM   #17
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I thought it was very good, but not exactly creative after Inarritu's last two, superior films. The scene in the nightclub with the deaf girl was absolutely astounding though.

Pitt's performance was a wee bit over-rated though, nothing Oscar worthy, but strong.

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Old 11-29-2006, 09:52 PM   #18
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not Oscar worthy?!?!
How could they not nomintae him
for his staple angry moment
where he yells
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Old 02-10-2007, 06:49 PM   #19
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I finally went to see this, and I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed it. I could easily see this winning Best Picture at the Oscars.

I agree with the earlier posts about the movie making me want to visit Tokyo, and that Amelia's story was the least compelling. Honestly, had they cut it out completely, there would be nothing missing from the movie, and it would have been that much shorter.

I felt some sympathy for her character, but she made so many phenomenally stupid choices, that it was hard to feel sorry for her at the end.

Too long, is my main criticism.

But great acting. Chieko's story was my favorite, and the actress was AMAZING. I'm rooting for Jennifer Hudson, and she'll likely win, but I wouldn't be sad if Rinko whatsherlastname scored an upset win.
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I've seen it and thought it was good, but not great. The Japanese story was IMO easily the best thing about it and the one that resonated with me the most, probably because it reminded me of how bloody awful it was to be a teenager. The actress playing Chieko was simply astonishing and the nightclub scene was ace. I also liked the Mexican section of the story and felt a lot of sympathy for the maid despite the stupid decisions she's made.

Strangely enough, Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett's were the least memorable characters for me despite their star status and the fact that I've adored Blanchett in pretty much every movie she's done. It was interesting to see Brad Pitt so thoroughly de-glamourised but I just felt like I couldn't care less for the American couple for some reason. I also felt that the film played it a bit unfair in that it invited the audience to condemn the reaction of the US government while also giving them the convenient advantage of knowing that it wasn't really a terrorist attack. And in the end I wasn't convinced that the four stories really gelled together - especially the Japanese one.
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Old 02-10-2007, 07:33 PM   #21
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Yeah, I feel the same way about the four stories gelling.

Cate Blanchett didn't seem to have much to do, which is kind of funny considering how big a part her character had in the story.
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Originally posted by Saracene
The actress playing Chieko was simply astonishing and the nightclub scene was ace.

she is 26 and has made quite a few films

she is believable as a 16? year old

I had some of the same complaints as others have mentioned.

I sat through it a second time last night.

I actually enjoyed it more this time.
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I really liked it, esepciallly the cinematography and production - they should win an oscar for the filmwork in that nightclub scene, though I'm not sure what category it falls under. The whole thing was just visually spectacular.
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Old 02-15-2007, 09:13 AM   #24
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saw it last night and was riveted in my seat. i especially liked the deaf story component. especially when the sound would shut off and we would experience her world.
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Old 02-15-2007, 10:18 AM   #25
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If the soundtrack has that awesome remix of "September" by Earth, Wind and Fire that was playing in the nightclub scene, I'll buy it for that alone.

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