July 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm #64159
Why isn’t there a thread for this one yet? Early word is pretty strong…calling it one of Oliver Stone’s best films in years. Reviews for Benicio Del Toro and Salma Hayek are especially strong. Both could end up being supporting contenders.
Variety and THR are both favorable:July 2, 2012 at 3:09 pm #64161
I heard GREAT things about Salma Hayek.July 2, 2012 at 6:15 pm #64162
^Same here. Every review is saying that Hayek, del Toro, and Travolta are the standouts, especially Hayek.July 3, 2012 at 7:15 am #64163
Confused with “The Savages” (starring Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman).July 3, 2012 at 9:32 am #64164
The trailer makes Salma look over the top and campy as hell. Might not be a great performance, but it could really fun and entertaining. I’m more curious about Del Toro and Lively’s scenes. There seems to have some menace and sexual tension between the two, and it could be very interesting.
I’m not a fan of Oliver Stone, never been. And if anything, this films actually made me more cuirous to check the novel it’s inspired, since reviews point out that the book had a more satirical bite, which seems to be more interesting than the overtly serious tone of the trailer. But I’ll still check this out, since it at least looks to be an entertaining film.July 3, 2012 at 5:34 pm #64165
Oliver Stone isnt among my favorite directors; but I do appreciate his “overthetop” touches in his films. It appears as if his scathing sense of humour, if indeed he has one, is evident in this film.
I’ll make sure I see this. Stone can hit one out of the park. There’s a better chance for that, with this amazing cast (minus Lively, but we’ll see).July 7, 2012 at 11:52 pm #64166
Aside from the flip flop ending and Lively’s narration, this is a pretty solid film. I’ll avoid spoilers, but the camera work and editing are superb. Probably Stone’s best looking film in years. Del Toro, Hayek and Travolta steal the show here, though the younger actors (Kitsch, Johnson and, to a lesser extent Lively and Hirsch) do pretty decent work here, too.
Universal dropped the ball on the release date. They should’ve kept the original Sept. 28 release date. Adult dramas do better in the fall. This has no chance against some of these summer blockbusters. It’s expected to do $15-$16 million opening weekend which will put it at #5. Then it’ll sink like a rock. Had it released in the fall, it probably would’ve done well like “The Town.” I have to see what else comes out this year, but I’d say this would be a deserving contender for cinematography and editing nods along with nods for Del Toro and Hayek (and maybe Travolta).July 9, 2012 at 10:44 pm #64167
GREAT film that’s unfortunately being lost in the plethora of summer blockbusters which is really sad. My first response coming out of theater was “It won’t happen, but Salma Hayek should get an Oscar nom for this.” The performance of her career.July 10, 2012 at 12:43 am #64168
I thought the film was pretty good, but nothing special. However, I agree about Hayek- her best role in YEARS. Ditto John Travolta, who hasn’t been this good or looked to be having this much fun since ‘Pulp Fiction’. And finally, Benicio Del Toro was amazing here. His character Lado brings true unpredictable menace and his scenes were electric, jolting life into the film (along with Hayek) where the young leads couldn’t.