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Road to Perdition: P-R-E-T-E-N-T-I-O-U-S

 
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 15, 2002 8:23 pm    Post subject: P-R-E-T-E-N-T-I-O-U-S Reply with quote

I don't understand all the critical hosannas this one's getting.

It's draggy, poorly directed and edited, plays like a 30s Warner's crime drama crossed with Jacobean revenge tragedy and then stretched over hot coals to twice the length it should be.

Tom Hanks has confused looking constipated with great emotion.

All in all, it's about a whole lot less than it thinks it is.

Lovely cinematography though - Oscar nod to the DP. Wet noodles to bare butts for everyone else.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2002 3:18 pm    Post subject: Hmm... Reply with quote

While I completely disagree with you about the worh of the film, I can totally see where you're coming from with every point you're making. The film is too long, and many shots do linger where they shouldn't, and if Hanks doesn't sell you in his role (as he did me) he would totally look flabby and lost. Fortunately (for me) that's what I see that his character would be, so it worked.
Pretentious? A little. But compared to the other dek that's out there, and has been out this year, I'll take a hundred Perditions over a Scooby fricking Doo.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2002 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exactly what I thought.

Furthermore, it's a cliched, predictable retread of "The Godfather", "Bonnie and Clyde", every father-son bonding theme and every pursued-by-the-mob thriller. Whoever had the idea of the opening narration with the kid managed to spoil the ending.

And it managed to waste Paul Newman, which in my opinion is unforgettable.

Some people are shouting "Auteur! Auteur!" already, but I'm not buying into this.

Kudos to the cinematographer, as you said, and to the production designer.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 16, 2002 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I must respectfully disagree here. I didn't see any 'pretense' at all. I thought it was all fairly straighforward and not overtly 'showy' or self-important in any way.

I did expect to like it a bit more, but overall I think it's a damn good flick.

Sure, it ain't no Eight Legged Freaks.... Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 18, 2002 12:56 pm    Post subject: I enjoyed it Reply with quote

Quiet, gorgeous photography. I'd have to agree, everything but the narration was wonderful.

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