Other Movies Seen By This Director (9)
- Behind the Candelabra
- The Informant!
- Magic Mike
- Ocean's Thirteen
- Ocean's Twelve
- Side Effects
|01.13.07||Internet|| another movie where I completely understand how people can not get into at all if they don't both know and like the kind of old hollywood vibe that Soderbergh's going for. Especially with the first few scenes so clearly shot using process and stock footage, it's definitely jarring to see the 1940s aesthetic. And then you have Toby Maguire trying hard not to be Spider-Man. But, I think the movie gets a lot better about a half hour in when all that stuff kind of falls away, leaving a pretty interesting post-WWII mystery drama to unfold in gorgeous photography. It really fits the mold of a Michael Curtiz or Carol Reed film, with Cate Blanchett clearly playing Marlene Dietrich and George Clooney playing... well, he always plays George Clooney, but that's what makes him a star.|
I do think it's funny that this movie seems to be getting flak for its homages when I remember Far From Heaven getting the exact opposite for mimicking Douglas Sirk. I think this movie is good but not great, and probably appeals to me mostly by reminding me of other better movies, but oh well... it's still nice to see something different nowadays, even if it is a throwback.