Reviews of potentials
Eastern Promises will be much more appreciated if you go into it knowing absolutely nothing. Some of the press is a bit misleading, and I won't spoil it here. Viggo Mortenson does deserve all the rave reviews he's getting, but Vincent Cassell deserves some praise as well. He was brilliant. I think the reason I'm so impressed with Cronenberg's latest two is because I did not appreciate the older stuff at all. Bleh. The story was great here, and there were a couple jaw-dropping moments, but I really wish I had gone in blind.
In the Valley of Elah. New Paul Haggis flick. I don't even know where to start. Well, Tommy Lee Jones is so heartbreaking in this. I don't know that I've ever seen him in something where he wasn't a wisecracking good ol' boy type of character. There's one line, one tone of voice that has made Jones one of my new favorites. I always liked him, but now I have the utmost respect. Susan Sarandon does not have a huge part, but a very effective one nonetheless.
Critics are saying that this is much less "THIS IS WHAT I BELIEVE! YOU SHOULD THINK THIS WAY TOO!" than "Crash" was. I think I agree, but if someone walks out of the theater getting a different message than I did, I think it would be safe to say that they didn't understand what they just watched. It's a bleak movie, but there are glimpses of hope through realization. Probably the best movie I've seen this year.