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3.19

Awesome25.81%
Worth A Look: 19.35%
Average25.81%
Pretty Bad: 6.45%
Total Crap: 22.58%

1 review, 25 user ratings


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Legends of the Fall
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by Greg Muskewitz

"Predictable and inevitable."
3 stars

Lengthy saga about a family growing up practically in the wilderness, ignorant to most of the world outside.

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Legends of the Fall. Lengthy saga about a family growing up practically in the wilderness, ignorant to most of the world outside. Brad Pittís primal character is most focused on, son of ex-military colonel Anthony Hopkins; the sometimes Whartonian tale covers the map with his inner and outer dilemmas, accomplishments and love. However, for all of this animal and human instinct meshed together, Legends of the Fall gets often times dull, staying at a standstill even though the images are moving forward. The entire plot is predictable and inevitable (thatís where it loses the classiness of Edith Whartonís touch), and even though the tragedies and hardships are no fun to endure (back to siphoning from Wharton), they are expected and maudlin. Most of the performances are fairly engaging, but Hopkinsí character suffers a stroke and from that early point on, is relegated to being emmewed, walled-up and unserviced. Itís a bit embarrassing to shackle such a capable and willing actor and bask him in limbo. The whole linkage to romance and love also becomes excessively employed, overly sentimental (once Adian Quinn finally gets to have the comely Julia Ormond for himself, sexually he gets sloppy seconds, and emotionally, he is the third of the brothers that she is hinged to). The musical score is recklessly annoying and over-dramatic, but John Tollís picture-perfect and uninfected terrain at least emanates a fresh-breathe of stolen air.

Directed by Edward Zwick. With Bart the Bear.

Final Verdict: C+.

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User Comments

8/08/10 PAUL SHORTT SILLY FAMILY SAGA WITH BAD PERFORMANCES 1 stars
4/10/09 MP Bartley Like the most ludicrous episode of The Waltons you've ever seen. 2 stars
2/04/08 Pamela White family drama with men on mega testosterone 5 stars
2/24/06 TB I wish it just about father and sons not romance 4 stars
2/02/06 Michael Quite a good movie ... but it had no point. 3 stars
12/22/05 cody a good movie with wonderfully told story back when l thought brad was cool dude 4 stars
11/29/05 JH Quinn should've shot Pitt early in the film 1 stars
11/26/05 jeanne Ew, speak for yourself, Enid - THIS girl thought the whole movie was a tripe-y ode to Brad! 1 stars
7/25/05 Judith Johnson At least Brad looks good! 2 stars
7/02/05 Maya K. Colayco It's nice that all that killing finally brought them back together! 4 stars
3/14/05 Enid You need to be a girl to appreciate this film. 5 stars
2/15/05 daveyt enjoyable, great terrain 4 stars
2/02/05 CelticDawn Undeniably 2nd on my list of all time favorites!! 5 stars
1/05/05 HotGirl One of my favorites...can watch it over and over 5 stars
7/11/04 Dave Was horrible, how many times did they comb Brad Pitts hair? 1 stars
5/15/04 Nina Sinen worth a look coz of Brad Pitt 4 stars
3/06/04 atanu A perfect reason to kill julia bloody ormond 1 stars
2/18/04 john reminded me of the FORSYTE SAGA in the west which is great if you like that sort of thing 4 stars
9/26/03 Alan All gloss with absolutely no substance. 1 stars
6/23/03 Jack Sommersby An overproduced, overblown big-screen soap opera. Downright laughable at times. 1 stars
6/14/03 Alice Great acting. 5 stars
10/29/02 Charles Tatum Great, big, and surprisingly unchick-flick 5 stars
5/11/02 R.W. Welch Sudsy melodrama that doesn't really captivate despite the scenery. 3 stars
11/26/01 casey horton i thought that the movie was really great i think henry thomas was cute i hate he died 5 stars
11/16/01 Hans Kloss Great, worth watching, 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  16-Dec-1994 (R)
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