November 14, 2014 at 12:01 pm #165839
ROSEWATER is one of the most astonishing film debuts by a director I have ever seen. Jon Stewart’s direction and screenplay are brilliant! And Gael Garcia Bernal’s performance is the best of his career and absolutely deserves an Oscar nomination!
One of my favorite things about this movie – which makes it so richly deserving in the Direction and Screenplay categories – is the fact that we get to see Iranian life fully realized – this is not a standard good guys vs. bad guys, but rather shows that when religious fanatics, and corrupt politicians have power (the same as is the case here in the U.S. or in the U.K., etc.) there is trouble for human beings. The film is humane, compassionate, and absoultely brilliant!
I believe the director’s branch will admire, appreciate and nominate Jon Stewart’s superb direction (I must confess: I didn’t realize that the Jon Stewart who directed this movie is the Jon Stewart of the Daily Show. I only realized this a few days ago!) The director’s branch is idiosyncratic and tends to do a better job than other branches of nominating the unusual or the less expected (remember 2012’s Best Director lineup!)
But for me the strongest aspect of this film is Gael Garcia Bernal’s amazing, phenomenal, brilliant one-of-a-kind performance! He absolutely deserves to be in the top 5 (if only they would keep Michael Keaton off the list; I am aware that many disagree with me, but in my opinion, Keaton gives a flat, dull, one-note, shrill “performance” (sic) and he does not deserve a nomination).
The film is strong in its camera work, editing, and music. It’s biggest strengths, however, are it’s central performance, superb direction, and excellent screenplay (: (all of the supporting performances are quite solid, too)
Best Director (Jon Stewart)
Best Actor (Gael Garcia Bernal)
Best Adapted Screenplay (Jon Stewart)
Best Film Editing
Go and see the movie and decide for yourselves (: This iis a TERRIFIC movie! (: (: (:November 14, 2014 at 12:18 pm #165841
I predicted it in Adapted Screenplay before anyone else. But I don’t know if it deserves all THOSE nominations.
FYC: Ready Player One. Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects, Original Score, Production Design, Director and BEST PICTURE (make it happen Oscars!!)November 14, 2014 at 1:57 pm #165842
Here’s my post on the matter that I made in the “What Film Have You Seen Today?” thread last Sunday when I saw the film:
Today I went to a screening of Rosewater that was followed by a Q&A with Jon Stewart and Maziar Bahari (the subject of the film). I really enjoyed it and thought it was a great directorial debut from Stewart. I really hope he continues to make films of this sort. While it wasn’t the best film of the year, it definitely is an important one, and it’s uniquely neutral (relatively) when it comes to western films about the Middle East. Stewart’s main message in the Q&A was that he hopes that the film can be a representation of what Iran looks like on the inside, both bad and good, without passing a whole lot of judgement one way or the other. Gael Garcia Bernal and the overall production are great, but I don’t see it being a big Oscar contender outside of a potential bid for Adapted Screenplay for Stewart.November 14, 2014 at 2:21 pm #165843
I’ve had it in my prediction center for Adapted Screenplay for a while now. I feel like since Stewart is a past host of the Oscars and he is very well respected by the industry so I see his best chance being in screenplay. I’m seeing it Sunday so I will see if I will be keeping it there.November 14, 2014 at 3:00 pm #165844
I got to go to the NY premiere on Wednesday night. Jon Stewart was on-hand to introduce the film.
I was surprised by how good it is. Not because I thought it would be bad, but because the buzz seemed to fade away after its festival premieres. Where did the enthusiasm go?
This won’t be among my favorite films of the year, but I like it quite a bit better than some of the films getting a lot more attention, like “Foxcatcher,” “The Imitation Game,” and “The Theory of Everything.” The Rotten Tomatoes consensus calls it “unabashedly earnest,” which seems like kind of a condescending pat on the head. It’s earnest, sure, but no more than “Theory,” “Imitation,” “Interstellar,” etc., and it’s not schmaltzy. Jon Stewart cuts the emotion with some humor, and he balances those tones well. Gael Garcia Bernal gives a strong emotive performance in the lead role, and he and Stewart do an admirable job of generating dramatic tension despite few major characters and limited physical space. That’s a hard thing to do for a veteran director, let alone a first-timer.
Maybe I’m wrong about this, but I wonder if Stewart’s reputation and high profile hurt him as much as help. Sure, Hollywood loves the work he does on TV and the academy invited him to host the Oscars twice, but I think he was always going to be held to a more rigorous standard as a late-night comedian daring to try to cross over into film directing. People might politely dismiss it as Stewart’s pet project instead of considering just its merits as a film. If the exact same film were directed by, say, Tom Hooper, would it more readily accepted?
I’d say its best shot at an Oscar nomination is Adapted Screenplay, though to get in there the movie will need to be a hit.November 14, 2014 at 3:41 pm #165845
We all have our opinions and after sitting through ROSEWATER today,
I predict it will receive ONLY adapted screenplay if anything at all..
I think Stewart did a good job, nothing special..and shows some promise
as a screenwriter….THATS ALL..