Director: Tom Hooper
Writer: David Seidler
This is a movie that I walked out of thinking that was good but clearly a movie made to win awards. Pretty much everything in it is good. The acting is good. The story is interesting and inspirational. I don’t think it should win Best Picture (which it probably will) but I just don’t feel like it takes those risks and is exciting enough to stand the test of time. Also I found Tom Hooper’s visual style kind of obnoxious. I didn’t like it with John Adams and I didn’t like it here either, everything is shot with wide angles and lots of head room.
But this was a story I was not familiar with before so it was interesting finding out a little more about a very important time in the world’s history. On paper I feel the concept sounds very dull but it is brought to life well thanks to the cast. I guess this is just a movie where I like it fine but I just don’t feel that it is the modern classic it is being hyped up to be. Compared to most of the other Best Picture nominees this is pretty low down on my list. I think what I need to do is revisit it in a year or two with eyes unclouded by award hype and just watch it as a movie.
Also in terms of the Oscars I am completely dumfounded as to how a pretty straight forward character piece gets a Best Editing nomination over something like Inception or Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.