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Where and with whom did you see the movie?
I went to the Pearlridge 16 in Aiea with my wife, Claire.
Overall, what did you think?
Well, we weren’t all that happy with the movie, to be honest. It was partly because there were a lot of things wrong with it technically, and because we’re familiar with good movie-making, there just seemed to be a lot of flaws and times where it was lacking depth.You just can’t make a movie out of one spectacular visual effects shot. It had all the pieces to be a great Scorsese film, but there were a lot of continuity issues and it really didn’t pull together well.
On a scale of one to four stars, what would you rate this film?
I’d give it ★★, because the words “tedious” and “pedantic” come to mind. We just didn’t like it overall. The cinematography and music just pounded on us the whole time in an attempt to heighten the sense of suspense, but it was so over-the-top that it just ended up making the film predictable.
How was the acting? Did anyone stand out?
Leonardo DiCaprio (Teddy Daniels) did a good job despite the film’s shortcomings. It was probably one of his best roles to date. Ben Kingsley (Dr. Cawley) always has a tremendous presence on screen as well.
To whom would you recommend this film?
I honestly can’t recommend this movie to anybody, but if I had to choose, I would say probably very young adults who would not be familiar with similar types of films from the 1940s and 1950s. For them, it might be a new thing, but I noticed a lot of people were walking out, going,“This is not what I thought it was going to be.”
Was there a particular scene that stood out, good or bad?
I don’t think I can point to any one particular bad scene - there were so many editing-wise. But if there’s one good thing I can say about this film, it’s that it shows that DiCaprio is not just another pretty face. It shows that he’s got range and can handle more serious roles. Scorsese, though, seems to have passed his prime.
Were you able to connect with any of the characters?
Not really. I mean, it’s set in 1954 and they’re telling a story about someone in a really weird set of circumstances. The potential for the audience to connect with the character’s predicament is already low, and with the lack of character development throughout and the cinematography and musical overload, people really stop caring about the character.You lose your sense of drama right there.
On a different note, what’s new with you?
Unfortunately we don’t have a local station in Hawaii for my radio show, but right now I’m finishing up with LOST and trying to plug into the new Hawaii 5-0 movie. Just keeping busy!
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