I may have been one of the last people on the planet to see this one.
Christian Bale proves himself as a truly deserving Rockstar. Shockingly, he portrays a very emaciated Trevor Reznik in this Momento-esque film with a well-crafted revelation at its conclusion. While it isn’t the type of reveal that we see in the Prestige – or perhaps Usual Suspects, the truth manages to keep itself hidden very well throughout the film so that you don’t see it coming beforehand.
When Bale steps on the scale and weighs in at 119 pounds (fictional or not), it’s almost as though he is auditioning for an the role of an Auschwitz-survivor. Truly a feat of might, to lose nearly 100 pounds for the role. Talk about a method actor…
While he was already one of my favorite actors, he just solidifiied his place there for sure.
1. Slumdog Millionaire
2. The Dark Knight
3. The Visitor
4. Lars & the Real Girl
5. Body of Lies/Revolution Road (either way, DeCaprio gets the #5 slot)
I decided to jump on the bandwagon that Jeremy started. Thought it would be a fun reason to see movies that I might not otherwise get around to seeing.
This first film probably isn’t one of those, though. This has more to do with being prepped for the Oscar party coming up.
This film wasn’t entirely surprising to me, as the trailers get a pretty fair expectation as to the story. I might say that (outside of Body of Lies) it may be my favorite DeCaprio performance. I found it to be somewhat of a departure from the typical Leonardo character, as he is usually very likable and sometimes eccentric (The Aviator).
I found both his and Winslet’s characters to be entirely believable and realistic. The story is one that I think most people will be able to relate to, at least on some level. I also enjoyed the fact that the story was set in the late 40’s/early 50’s, as it adds a great deal to the story and its characters. Almost as if it provided some insight and depth to the story. Sam Mendes did a great job directing this movie, and it may even land this project into my top 5 films of the year.
But as I mentioned before- while I really liked it, I can see how it may not appeal to many because of its largely depressed undertones. A-